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Children’s Discovery Museum receives $20,000 State Farm grant for underserved kids

Posted on February 26, 2021 at 10:55 AM by Wendy Long

News Release                                                                                                         

Children’s Discovery Museum receives $20,000 State Farm grant for underserved kids

Normal, IL – February 18, 2021– The Children’s Discovery Museum has been awarded a $20,000 grant from State Farm to continue its award-winning afterschool partnership.

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, starting its 9th 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. This year the program won the state’s top honor for Best Practices in Educational Programs during the annual Illinois Association of Museum’s conference.

“We are so thankful that State Farm has chosen to continue its support of our award-winning 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. “We know this year will continue to bring us challenges but we know how important it is to continue this relationship with our students.”

“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 week’s programming.  Thanks to State Farm we are able to continue to build those relationships,” said Education Manager Rachel Carpenter. “The real success of this program has been watching youth participants grow into the teen program where they then graduate and take those skills into their communities as leaders. Continuing this program means a great deal to the students’ career opportunities as they graduate.”

Early exposure and engagement in science and mathematics is important preparation for youth, building competency and interest in 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.

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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. To learn more about the CDM visit, or follow updates on Facebook, Instagram (@cdmnormal) and Twitter (@DiscoveryMuseum).