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Free Play Abounds at the Children's Museum for School Year 2014-2015
8/7/2014 12:11:46 PM

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry  (CML) is thrilled to announce that it has received gifts totaling $35,000 from PNC Bank and the South Carolina Ports Authority to support several free events at the Children's Museum in the 2014-2015 school year for Lowcountry children and their grown-ups.  


The grant from the PNC Foundation will support PNC PLAY Days at CML: eight events held throughout the 2014-2015 school year which will provide free admission to the Museum, a complimentary pass for each family to come back to play in the Museum and a free children's book for the first 250 families at each event. The eight PNC PLAY Days are scheduled for the second Friday of each month from September 2014 through May 2015, excluding December.    


Like children's museums throughout the world, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) exists to support the very simple but profound truth that children learn through play. Play is essential to development because it contributes to a child's cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.  


"PNC's support of the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry provides more local children with free acess to fun learning activities, critical to their development and preparedness for school," said Ben Fordham, PNC Bank branch manager.


The grant from the South Carolina Ports Authority will provide a free field trip to the Museum for all kindergartners, first and second graders at the four Title One schools in the Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN). In addition, all students will receive free transportation and a free hot lunch during their visit. Almost 1,600 children currently attend the four high-poverty, low-achieving CPN schools. These schools are located in the 5.6-mile area of Charleston's "Neck" region. With CPN's generational vision, based on the cradle-to-career model, this area can be turned into a prosperous community with many college-educated adults who are committed to transforming the dynamic of their neighborhood for generations to come. In 2013, CML strengthened its partnership with the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and raised funds to bring all first graders to CML for a field trip. Because of the South Carolina Ports Authority's generous support, the Museum is able to expand its partnership with the Charleston Promise Neighborhood to include more Lowcountry children.   


"South Carolina Ports Authority is committed to supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations in the communities where we operate, and we are pleased to partner with the Children's Museum to provide visits for over 1,500 CPN students this school year," said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO. "This grant expands our current involvement with CPN and provides an important educational opportunity for young students to learn in the Museum's interactive, fun environment."


Denis Chirles, Executive Director of the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry says, "Thank you to PNC Bank and the South Carolina Ports Authority! Because of their generous support, our Lowcountry families can come together and celebrate the importance of playing and learning together. We are excited to partner with PNC Bank and the South Carolina Ports Authority to provide these vital community outreach events to all families in the community."   


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