Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) announced 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.
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry 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.
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.
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.