WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded $15,000 from PNC Foundation. The Museum plans to use these funds to expand its current pre-kindergarten program Little Explorers and to develop new evening programs, PNC Family Nights, for under-served children and their families.
Activities will be held in the New Hanover County Cape Fear Museum Park and designed to encourage families to work together, spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning including introducing topics related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). During every event, families work with professionals, pre-service teachers and Museum educators to engage in fun, inquiry-based activities and explore the world around them. Cape Fear Museum is a nationally-accredited museum with educators trained to support Pre-K and early elementary learners.
Museum Director Sheryl Mays says, “Thanks to PNC Foundation’s generosity, these expanded programs, Little Explorers and the PNC Family Nights will help us better serve residents living in the urban neighborhood surrounding the Museum. We plan to provide, at no cost, family engagement with direct services for children in our adjacent community.”
The PNC Foundation’s priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves in order to enhance educational opportunities for children, particularly under-served pre-K children through our signature, PNC Grow Up Great program, and to promote the growth of targeted communities through economic development initiatives. Patrick Boykin, Commercial Relationship Manager, PNC said, “As a board member of Cape Fear Museum Associates, I am especially proud and grateful for PNC’s commitment to our local museum in support of educational programs for under-served children and their families in our community.