Ohio students raise money to restore Chattanooga monument
Dozens of students from Ohio spent their class time raising thousand of dollars to help restore a piece of their state's history right here in Chattanooga.
Saturday, May 17th 2014, 2:00 pm EDT
Twenty-six students from Ohio spent their class time raising $6,000 to help restore a piece of their history right here in Chattanooga.
The class started raising the funds in January and by March they were sending the check in for repairs.
On Saturday those students visited the scenic city to help in the un-veiling of their little piece of Ohio.
"It's just an amazing feeling because I feel like the whole team accomplished something," said Mason Streeter, 5th Grade Student.
Twenty-six students and their teacher from Waggoner Road Middle school in Ohio set out on a mission, to restore the Ohio monument on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, a part of their history that is more than 110 years old.
"It's so great that they would take an interest and want to do something in a state that is so far away and a monument they had never really seen before today," said Patrice Glass, Executive Director for Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
There are dozens of monuments in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, many needing repair.
"The Park Service has a backlog of about $10 million of monuments that are damaged in the national park here."
But now, one of those monuments can be crossed off the list after the students raised $6,000 to fix it in just 3 months.
"I saw pictures of the drummer boy's hand torn off and then now when I see it in person, it just looks amazing," said Streeter.
Fifth-grade teacher Derek Hinkle says it took a lot of hard work to make this project a reality as the students called various organizations for donations.
At times they weren’t sure if they would make their goal.
"We started not getting donations as much and I just felt one time that we weren't going to make it, but then we got one really big donation," said Streeter.
While the project was meant to be educational, it bore one purpose.
"We meet together every morning before the school day starts and we talk about how we want to honor veterans," said Hinkle.
It’s something Mason Streeter says he will never forget.
"I'm just really happy I am able to come down here with my teacher. This is a great way to end a year," said Streeter.
With the help of the Waggoner Road Middle School students, the Ohio monument is now fully restored from broken pieces and water damage.