Winchester, VA 11/20/13 – The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is the recipient of a $16,000 grant from Wells Fargo. This generous grant will benefit Head Start families in the Apple Country Head Start area, providing annual household museum memberships free of charge. Since 2010, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has distributed 487 free household memberships. The majority of these are made possible through the generosity of the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Of the 176 free household memberships distributed in 2012, 165 were selected and distributed to families with children ages 3 through 5 by the Apple Country Head Start program. At Head Start, children are guided to bring about social competence and a positive self-image. They are assisted in their readiness for kindergarten through their literacy program and a curriculum rich in science, math, language arts, pre-writing, arts and crafts, and music. The Discovery Museum is natural partner in helping Head Start and their children to reach their goal.
“This is a deeply appreciated show of support from Wells Fargo Foundation,” said Mary Braun, Executive Director. “Head Start serves as advocates for families, meets the individual needs of all children, and supports family development. By funding these Museum memberships, Wells Fargo is a true community partner in supporting both the goals of our four local Head Start communities and the mission of the Discovery Museum.”
“Wells Fargo is proud to support the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, which is a tremendous asset to the Winchester community,” said Mike Wilkerson, Wells Fargo’s Mid-Atlantic Business Banking Manager and Discovery Museum board member. “We are proud to be able to reach another great organization and give families and children the opportunity to experience this great museum.”
Apple Country Head Start, based in Winchester, Virginia, prepares children from Clarke County, Frederick County and Winchester to meet their future school experiences and to provide their families with comprehensive support services in order for them to access resources and maximize opportunities in the community. Teachers at Head Start’s four regional locations will distribute Discovery Museum household memberships to Head Start students’ families free of charge. In addition to free annual admission to the Museum, family members also receive discounts on programs and camps.
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is currently working on renovations to its future home at 19 W. Cork Street in Winchester, VA. The new location expected to open in early 2014 will expand the Museum to almost 20,000 square feet, allowing for new and exciting exhibits and programs that will engage and challenge visitors of all ages, spark imagination and creativity, and instill a love of learning to be shared across generations.