Children will learn science, technology, math at free programs
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to expand pre-kindergarten programs and develop evening programs for underserved children and their families. The PNC Foundation provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.
Activities will be designed to encourage families to work together, spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning while introducing topics related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Museum Director Sheryl Mays said, “Thanks to PNC Foundation’s generosity, these expanded programs, Little Explorers, and PNC Family Nights, will help us better serve county residents, especially those living in our surrounding neighborhoods. We will be able to provide, at no cost, opportunities for family engagement with direct services for children in our adjacent communities.”
During every event, families will work with professionals, teachers and museum educators to engage in fun, inquiry-based activities and explore the world around them. Cape Fear Museum is a nationally-accredited museum with educators trained to support pre-k and early elementary learners.
Patrick Boykin, PNC commercial relationship manager, said, “As a board member of Cape Fear Museum Associates, I know how much good this grant will do for children and their families. These are the kind of programs that help children develop curiosity and a love of learning.”
About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
Photo: PNC Commercial Relationship Manager and Cape Fear Museum Associates Board Member Patrick Boykin presents a check to Cape Fear Museum Director Sheryl Mays.