Grant allows for more field trips to UMaine

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 9:32 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A $15,000 Quimby Family Foundation grant will allow more children enrolled in schools in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Waldo, Hancock and Aroostook counties to visit the Hudson Museum and Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

The money will be available for the 2011-2012 school year, according to museum director Gretchen Faulkner.

The travel grants come at a good time for Maine schools, according to Judy Pusey, curriculum developer for RSU34, which includes Old Town, Alton and Bradley.

“I think it’s wonderful because the Hudson Museum is such a wonderful resource, and budgets are so tight that field trip budgets have been cut back,” she said in a press release issued Monday announcing the grant.

Field trips to museums, particularly those with Native American exhibits, are “a critical resource” for students because they can’t get the same kind of understanding without seeing and experiencing the exhibits, Pusey said.

The Hudson museum offers guided tours and gallery programs for elementary and secondary school groups in addition to programs for university students and the public. The museum also offers programs that support state-mandated educational initiatives.

To apply for the matching travel grants of up to $500 per school, teachers must complete a one-page application addressing the goals of their trip, how it meets state-mandated education initiatives, and how the opportunity will enhance classroom learning, according to the press release.

The Quimby Family Foundation, based in Portland, was founded in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, a businesswoman, environmentalist and philanthropist. The mission of the foundation is to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.

For more information, call 581-1904.

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