2024 FIRST QUARTER 21ST CENTURY FUND GRANTEES
Huntington Children’s Museum will use their grant award to purchase an adult-size changing table to place in one of the family restrooms. An adult-size changing table will allow caregivers a safer, more dignified way to meet their loved one’s basic needs. This will allow the museum to better serve a diverse population, specifically those with disabilities, by making STEM programming, activities, and materials more accessible to all.
Highlands Museum and Discovery Center received a grant for their “Building a Stronger Foundation” project. Since the opening of the Clark Family Discovery Center there has been a significant rise in daily admissions and membership. To keep things fresh and exciting there is a need to continually add and introduce new smaller exhibits. The addition of a buildable keystone arch will provide the opportunity for cooperative play. The fun educational signage will also teach children about arches and their purpose in architecture. The other addition will be a Velcro wall and building blocks. This space will allow children to use their imagination to build and play and for endless games and opportunities for the future.
Ashland Independent School District‘s grant will be used for their eSports program. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has added eSports to their winter and spring sports. This will promote inclusion and positive peer relationships with a goal of reaching students who normally would not belong to a team. It also opens a door for potential college scholarships, as there are local colleges who have eSports programs. The eSports program for Ashland Independent would be utilized in the five elementary schools. The initial start would be for each elementary school to run their own program. The school programs will then move forward to develop an elementary eSports league to promote competition and unity across the district.