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Wonderfeet to grow STEM programs with grant support

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $102,000 grant to be disbursed over three years from The Canaday Family Charitable Trust to provide elementary school teachers with educational resources and programs in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Rutland County.

The grant allows Wonderfeet personnel to deliver the School STEM Program in the classroom and school-wide as well as being made available on a field trip to the museum. Subsequently, Wonderfeet’s elementary lending resources will expand to include STEM kits for convenient access.

With the support of The Canaday Family Charitable Trust, these educational resources and programs will be offered at no charge. Wonderfeet can reach every school in Rutland County providing at least one of the School STEM Program opportunities. The goal is to meet the educational needs of our children and increase student proficiency.

Wonderfeet’s executive director Myra Peffer said, “I’m excited about this grant because it enhances STEM education at no charge to educational institutions all over Rutland County. Not only does this allow us to institute the program the first year, we can offer the programs and resources for free for an additional two years. Due to our rural location teachers may be limited by their own resources so it’s thrilling Wonderfeet can serve the entire community.”

In addition to the programming, The Canaday Family Charitable Trust has included funding for a vehicle to transport program supplies. A vehicle provides a more sustainable logistical approach and gives freedom to live out the mission of the museum beyond its walls. Alderman’s Chevrolet in Rutland has offered to provide vehicle service and maintenance matching the support of the program for five years.

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