ALLENTOWN, PA. September 22, 2017 — The Da Vinci Science Center announced today a grant of $3,500 from the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley to support a fund that would provide access to children ages 12 and under from low-income schools to visit the Da Vinci Science Center. The local area schools that will benefit from the grant funding include, but are not limited to: McKinley Elementary School, Fountain Hill Elementary School, Donegan Elementary School, and Marvine Elementary School.
“We are extremely grateful to Junior League for their continued support. They are providing children with access to programs that they might not be able to experience otherwise,” says Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of Da Vinci Science Center. “Entry will hopefully inspire them to imagine themselves as professionals in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), ultimately building the pipeline of future STEM workers in the region.”
According to the PA Department of Labor and Industry, STEM jobs in Pennsylvania pay on average forty percent higher wages compared with educationally-equivalent non-STEM jobs. In addition, STEM-related employment is currently growing at twice the rate of non-STEM employment across the state.
The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley has been a valued founding partner of the organization since its tenure as the Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Bethlehem, Pa. They are excited to reinvigorate the partnership by focusing their investment on engagements with low-income students to increase interest in STEM.
“Decreasing the educational disparity gap in lower income schools is our mission,” says Alison Zavatone, President of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley. “With this grant, our hope is to open the eyes and minds of children to the benefit of STEM careers. We are happy that we are able to enrich our relationship with the Da Vinci Science Center; it is the perfect kickoff to celebrating our 75th year.”
In October 2017, the Junior League will be kicking off its 75th anniversary in a private function to be held on the Da Vinci Science Center campus in Allentown, Pa. “We are excited to be a part of this milestone for one of our partners,” says Judy Belaires, Director of Philanthropy at Da Vinci Science Center. “After all of the support they have shown the community, we want to help provide a venue that will be most memorable for them. What better way to do that than to open the same doors they have helped to open for our local students.”
About The Da Vinci Science Center: Open for ExSCIting Possibilities
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning science center that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science. An independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501©(3) status, the Da Vinci Science Center engages more than 140,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships.
Additional information and opportunities to support the Da Vinci Science Center are available on the web at davincisciencecenter.org and facebook.com/davincisciencecenter.
About The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion; the Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
About The Junior League
Founded in 1901 by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities.
Issue Based Community Impact; our current community impact focus is on the issue of Educational Disparity. The areas of impact are improving life skills and reducing the educational gap in lower income communities.