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New program goes beyond museum walls to reach children

31 January 2020 Winchester News

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has a new program, Itty Bitty Outreach, that goes into the community to reach children who otherwise may not be able to visit the museum. The program makes twice-monthly visits to the Youth Development Center, Fremont Street Nursery and The Laurel Center. This free program offers fun and new knowledge about subjects ranging from weather and the solar system to cultural diversity and ways to better take care of yourself. If parents are in attendance, museum staff shows them how they can continue the lessons at home using everyday items.

Itty Bitty Outreach events at the Youth Development Center are open to everyone on the first and third Mondays of each month. It will next be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. this coming Monday, and then from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

The museum’s visits to Fremont Street Nursery, which serves economically disadvantaged families, and The Laurel Center, which provides emergency shelter to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence, are not open to the public.

Itty Bitty Outreach launched this month with support from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Their funding allows the program to operate at no cost to children or nonprofits it visits.

The museum hopes to get more sponsors so the program can partner with other nonprofits to serve more children in the community.

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