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President Jimmy Carter speaks to Boys & Girls Club during community program

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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America's Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks.

Inspired by Ken Burns' critically acclaimed documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

The Healthy You, Healthy Community program provides opportunities for the underserved youth of Sumter County, Georgia to engage with the National Park Service, build self-esteem, unite with their local communities, and become good stewards of the land. 

On Monday June 9, President Jimmy Carter spoke about living, working, and playing on the farm in rural Archery, Georgia during the Great Depression and how it shaped his life.  Through this initiative, participants learn the lessons and values of the past which will inspire, encourage, and influence our youth and create a generation concerned about protecting our resources while engaging them in fun, educational activities. 

Also assisting the park with this grant is the Friends of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.  The Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is dedicated to preserving the community of Plains, offering continuing learning opportunities and assisting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to continue to thrive as an active learning center about President Carter and Mrs. Carters' lives. 

This grant is made possible through the generous support of:  Subaru, The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman Hanson Foundation, And Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation

Make plans to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. You may check on upcoming events at: www.nps.gov/jica and for school trip information and reservations, please visit: www.jimmycarter.info or call (229) 824-4104 for more information. There is no admission charge to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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