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Friends Projects 2012

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Five Projects, $10,000, "Make A Stand With Friends"

Our goal was to raise $5,000 by June 25, 2012 and we surpassed it - one month ahead of the goal on May 24 - to support these important projects through our fundraising campaign, "Make A Stand With Friends". Friends matched the $5,000 gift from the public to donate a total of $10,000 to the battlefield.

1. $4,000 for publication of the annual park newspaper which is distributed at the entrance station generally from May-September. The visitor to the Monument depends on the newspaper to better plan what to see and do.
2. $2,200 for the annual contract for the cell phone guided tours. Numbered signs, with the cell phone number, are posted throughout the battlefield. When the cell is called, the visitor hears a brief recording about what happened in that area of the battlefield.
3. $2,400 to sponsor a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher for one summer.
4. $1,000 to sponsor the Junior Ranger program. This program is available at many Park Service sites, but at the battlefield, it is going through a complete reboot. It is managed by Park Ranger Jerry Jasmer, former Friends board member, and from what Iíve seen of it so far, it is outstanding.
5. $400 for a backpack sprayer for watering/weed control at restored sites. This sprayer is needed badly since so many invasive weeds and grasses are consuming the battlefield. A new sprayer was donated by a generous Friends' member. 

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