Ohio students raise money to restore Chattanooga monument

    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -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.

     

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