Walmart Foundation gives $31,000 to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

GREENVILLE, SC – More South Carolina children will be able to visit The Children’s Museum of the Upstate thanks to a $31,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The grant money will go to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s (TCMU) School Visit and Accessibility Programs.

“We are very grateful that the Walmart Foundation has chosen TCMU out of so many worthy agencies for this grant,” said Mary Sellers, president and chief executive officer at TCMU. “This will go a long way toward helping South Carolina children.”

The School Visit Program provides a unique learning experience outside of the classroom while focusing on formal, in-school content area and curriculum-based South Carolina state standards.

The Accessibility Program provides financial assistance to disadvantaged children in low-income schools in order to give those in need an opportunity to experience the museum and the School Visit Program. Combing unrestricted museum exhibit interaction and School Visit programming, TCMU offers an educational experience that allows children to learn while they play.

“Walmart values education for all children,” said Rob Green, the Upstate market manager for Wal-mart. “We believe this program zeroes in on our focus of helping and aiding children to learn more and become more engaged.

Research cited in the article “School Trips as Learning Experiences,” indicates that visiting places such as museums and aquariums can positively motivate children, improve attitudinal outcomes and increase interest in subject areas and potential careers. Through its interactive exhibits and School Visit Program lessons, TCMU allows children to explore school subject areas while learning more about themselves, their interests and discovering how their creative talents relate to possible future careers.

About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
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