PNC Awards $25,000 Grant to Exploreum’s “Little Discoveries” program
Mobile, Ala., Oct. 26, 2015—The PNC Foundation has awarded the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center a $25,000 grant to support the center’s “Little Discoveries,” an educational program series for children five and under.
“Little Discoveries” fuses science, technology, engineering and math, with creativity, art and reading. Each session begins with a story reading that serves as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Programs are held in the Exploreum’s expanded Wharf of Wonder area. Session topics include Constellations, Colorful Science, Ocean Science, Energy Science, Weather Science and Food Science just to name a few.
The program is also part of the Exploreum’s outreach initiatives and is offered at certain times during the year at the main branch of the Mobile Pubic Library. The PNC grant will also help provide program transportation, equipment and supplies.
“PNC has a long history of investing in high quality early childhood education through Grow Up Great, our company’s $350 million initiative to help prepare children for success in school and life,” said Brian Bucher, PNC regional president in Alabama. “We’ve funded the “Little Discoveries” program expansion as part of our continued commitment to supporting the Exploreum’s efforts to deliver engaging early learning programs to the Gulf Coast community”.
“A key part of the Exploreum’s mission is about sparking creativity and imagination which builds creative thinking skills and adds to an understanding about scientific and world concepts,” said Jan McKay, Exploreum Executive Director. “We are grateful for this generous grant from The PNC Foundation for the Little Discoveries program that is a vital part of that mission.”
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.