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- Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum receives $10,000 matching gift from the Downtown Rutland Partnership
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 11:33 AM
RUTLAND - On Tuesday at 12-noon, Myra Peffer, president of
Wonderfeet's Board of Directors, and Chris Ettori, board member,
accepted a check for $10,000 on behalf of Wonderfeet Kids' Museum.
Mike Coppinger, executive director for the Downtown Rutland
Partnership, presented the check at a press conference held at the
museum's downtown location at 17 Center Street.
"This summer we made a pledge, we challenged Wonderfeet to raise
$10,000 and we pledged to match $10,000… It is my pleasure to now
present this check to Myra and Chris," said Coppinger.
Wonderfeet sprung out of a recognized community need three years
ago. For six weeks in the summer of 2011, volunteers joined with
Downtown Rutland Partnership to demonstrate the value of a
children's museum during Friday Night Live and Saturday Farmers'
Market. In the 30 hours it was open to the public, 1,737 visitors
walked through the doors, demonstrating the expected success of a
permanent facility. The success was again demonstrated in the
summer of 2012, which lead to the opening of the semi-permanent
location on Center Street.
After accepting the check, Peffer said "The $20,000 is designated
for programs and exhibitions exclusively, 100 percent will go
toward educational opportunities." Peffer outlines some of the
partnerships already underway including a Junior First Lego League
for 6-9-year-olds and a Motion Commotion field trip program for
Pre-K - 2nd graders, which includes a partnership with Castleton
State Colleges education department.
Peffer's final announcement was met with the loudest cheers from
the crowd that gathered for the conference. She announced that
Wonderfeet Kids' Museum will be expanding, it will nearly double in
size by utilizing the upstairs of their current location, she said,
adding that all this and other developments would not have been
possible without the generosity of volunteers. "This whole
organization is volunteer run and exists solely by the generosity
of our community, individuals and businesses."
"It was a total community effort," Peffer said.
Wonderfeet Kids' Museum in downtown Rutland is open Friday and
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at 17 Center Street. It is
geared toward ages 3 and up.
For more info visit wonderfeetkidsmuseum.org.