View All Posts

Mar 13

Children’s Discovery Museum Receives $20,000 State Farm Grant

Posted on March 13, 2019 at 9:52 AM by Wendy Long

Normal, IL – February 28, 2019– The Children’s Discovery Museum has been awarded a $20,000 grant from State Farm to benefit its afterschool program.

The generous support from State Farm will provide financial assistance for the Innovation Institute Program which continues to provide a continuum of learning for at-risk youth in the community. The program, in its 6th year, is a partnership between the Children’s Discovery Museum, Illinois State University and UNITY Community Center, and supplements the existing afterschool and summer activities at the center. The curriculum provides a positive learning experience focused on STEAM related content and is available to youth in kindergarten through college.

“We are so thankful that State Farm has chosen to continue their support of our program with this grant.  We love visiting UNITY each week and building strong bonds with the students.  It is so rewarding to see how the kids grow throughout the year and how excited they are to transition through different levels of the program,” said School Programs & Outreach Educator Jennifer Raisbeck.

“This program has become a mainstay at UNITY Community Center, and each year we see greater involvement from the students as they have become invested in their own learning. The students have built a relationship with our instructors and look forward to each weeks’ programming.  Thanks to State Farm we are able to continue to build those relationships,” said Education Manager Rachel Carpenter.

Early exposure and engagement in science and mathematics is important preparation for youth pursuing higher education and careers related to STEAM. The Children’s Discovery Museum helps meet the demand for additional STEAM educational opportunities by providing innovating and engaging experiences that allow children to delve deeper into the learning process through informal educational experiences and programs.


About the Children’s Discovery Museum

The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The vision is to build confidence and foster creativity in today’s youth; enhance critical thinking, communication and collaboration in tomorrow’s workforce; and inspire a more innovative approach for educating future generations.

The mission and vision are accomplished by providing hands-on exhibits, classes and programs that actively engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate imagination, curiosity and wonder.

The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation exists to support the mission and vision of the Children’s Discovery Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community at large.

To learn more about the Children’s Discovery Museum visit,,or follow @DiscoveryMuseum on Twitter.