Pres­i­dent Ford legacy turns into in­ter­ac­tive tool Of­fi­cials hope to spark de­mand for parks li­cense plates

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

The Ger­ald Ford Pres­i­den­tial Foun­da­tion and the Na­tional Geo­graphic So­ci­ety have teamed up to show­case the former pres­i­dent and Michi­gan con­gress­man’s legacy through an in­ter­ac­tive, on­line re­source.

The in­ter­ac­tive li­brary fol­lows a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions for the doc­u­men­tary “Ger­ald R. Ford: A Test of Char­ac­ter,” which de­buted last year on the Na­tional Geo­graphic Chan­nel.

“This part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Geo­graphic So­ci­ety is an im­por­tant mile­stone for teach­ing the coun­try’s next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers,” foun­da­tion pro­gram direc­tor Clare Shu­bert said. “We are ex­cited to be able to share th­ese free re­sources with ed­u­ca­tors and any­one wish­ing to learn more about Ford’s abil­ity to build trust, unite a na­tion and gain re­spect from world lead­ers.”

The learn­ing tool and doc­u­men­tary were funded by the foun­da­tion, along with help from friends of the Fords, the Grand Rapids Press re­ported.

Park ad­vo­cates are push­ing to try to get more peo­ple to sign up for a spe­cial li­cense plate to fund state parks.

The Santa Rosa Press Demo­crat re­ports that the Cal­i­for­nia Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment is fac­ing a May 18 dead­line to get 7,500 pre­orders for the spe­cial-edi­tion plate. As of Wed­nes­day, only 1,110 had been or­dered.

The spe­cial edi­tion plate was de­signed by a Napa County ed­u­ca­tor and fea­tures an im­age of red­woods.

State parks have been strug­gling to keep up with in­fra­struc­ture is­sues like pot­hole-lined roads and oth­ers. In 2012, Jared Huff­man, D-San Rafael, in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate com­mem­o­ra­tive li­cense plates fund­ing state parks. The spe­cial-edi­tion plate was pro­posed 18 months ago.

The plates cost $50 for first is­sue and $40 each year af­ter.

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