Oklahoma museum receives funds to support discovery learning
September 06, 2012
The Science Museum Oklahoma recently received a $3 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to support a program, called the Oklahoma Museum Network, which makes the organization's offerings available to community members across the state.
Sherry Marshall, director of the Oklahoma Museum Network, explains that children tend to learn better when can interact with items hands-on. The Network's Museum on Wheels and partner programs - the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse in Enid and the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton - are all making this possible.
"We are pleased with the impact this museum collaborative is having on children in Oklahoma," said Steve Anderson, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. "These museums and the traveling 'museum on wheels' have been able to provide many students, particularly in rural Oklahoma, with hands-on science experiences for the first time."
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation was established in 1954, and focuses its efforts on communities in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma. It has committed more than $50 million to the Children's Discovery Initiative. Organizations providing funding across a few focused areas might find nonprofit financial management
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