WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 25, 2016) — SciWorks has received a generous gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the museum’s “Adopt-a-School” program. The money will be used to provide educational programming for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools that participate in the Title 1 program.
“Our support of science museums is intended to encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and SciWorks is a wonderful community resource that provides just that,” says Jimmy Flythe, Duke Energy’s Director of Government and Community Relations for the West Region. “Our ultimate goal is to assist our community in preparing a future workforce that can thrive in a changing economy, while supporting organizations that make our community more attractive for businesses to move and expand here.”
Currently, all schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System receive free admission to SciWorks. Gifts received for the “Adopt-a-School” program enable SciWorks to also provide programming that can enrich and engage student learning in the classroom and is aligned with the N.C. Essential Standards for Science.
“With the generosity of organizations such as the Duke Energy Foundation, we can direct our energy into expanding access and opportunity to underprivileged sectors of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County,” says Paul Kortenaar, SciWorks’ Executive Director. “We can help children who cannot afford a museum educational program receive the kind of high-quality, experiential science programming that many other students throughout the country are able to explore and enjoy.”