If you’re going to announce a major initiative that will improve arts and science education for preschoolers, it’s best to get a celebrity to do the honors. That celebrity was Elmo - a fine choice I might add.
He joined PNC Bank’s Chairman and CEO James E. Rohr last week in introducing $1.2 million in grants that will be shared by the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers and the Woodruff Arts Center, Young Audiences program to provide better access to science and arts programs to pre-k students, their families and early childhood educators in lower-income communities.
They made this announcement at a congenial morning soiree at the Woodruff Arts Center last week. Cookie Monster joined the invite only group of us adults and some children from Sheltering Arms.
Take a look at this video from Elmo and CEO Rohr from the event.
The grant is part of PNC's Grow Up Great initiative that funds and establishes innovative school readiness programs. Considering that the Georgia Pre-K program turns 20 this year and that corporate partners are part of the reason why the program has worked, this initiative comes at a great time.
Here are some of the benefits of the grant:
The programs are estimated to begin sometime in January of next year. For more information on how to take part visit www.pncgrowupgreat.com or contact the program director Eva Blum: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here I am with Cookie Monster!