Amendment supports educational science programs for people of all ages at the Acton museum

BOSTON—Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg), and Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord) voted for the enactment of the Senate and House version of the budget that includes an amendment that provides $150,000 for development of an educational program for children and parents at The Discovery Museums in the town of Acton.

“I am pleased that the Senate and House voted in support of funding that would go towards educating the thousands of children from across Massachusetts and beyond who visit The Discovery Museums every year,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “The Discovery Museums have become a national model for inclusive learning and I’m proud to help support the museums that I treasured growing up in Acton.”

“I appreciate Senator Eldridge’s leadership in securing this funding,” said Representative Benson. “The Acton Discovery Museums promote a lifelong love of learning, and they enrich the minds of the thousands of children who visit each year.”

“I am so proud of this museum that it’s in Acton, MA,” said Representative Atkins. “It demonstrates the unlimited creativity of the people who live in Acton and the ever expanding knowledge that they share with the Commonwealth.”

“We are honored to have the support of both the House and Senate for funding for our early learning and STEM programs for children and families, and we are hopeful that the Governor will extend that support,” said Neil H. Gordon, CEO of The Discovery Museums.  “The opportunity to reach more families in the Commonwealth with meaningful programs and exhibits that foster both early brain development and lifelong learning through exploration is essential to our mission, and we are grateful for the vision and leadership of Senator Jaime Eldridge in sponsoring this amendment.”

The Discovery Museums are comprised of two buildings on a 4.5 acre campus.  At the Children’s Discovery Museum, younger children (toddlers through early grades) learn while they play.  At the Science Discovery Museum, children and adults of all ages explore scientific concepts and hands-on creativity.  The museums’ outdoor spaces reconnect everyone to the joy of nature and outdoor play.

The funding will be secured when Governor Baker signs the final version of the FY16 state budget.



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