North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Grants $1 Million to Expand Youth Education Programs Statewide
The grant will support five years of program expansion across the state
Photos courtesy of the North Carolina Arboretum
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has granted $1 million to expand The North Carolina Arboretum’s innovative K-12 science education programs to all 100 North Carolina counties. The grant will be made through The North Carolina Arboretum Society, the Arboretum’s nonprofit support organization, and will support five years of program expansion across the state.
The North Carolina Arboretum will utilize the funds to expand its three K-12 project-based outdoor education programs: Project OWL, an environmental education certification program for pre-service and active K-5 teachers (ncprojectowl.org); Project EXPLORE, a teacher coaching program for K-12 teachers (projectexplore.education); and ecoEXPLORE, an out-of-school citizen science program for K-8 children (ecoexplore.net). The Arboretum has already rolled out one or more of these programs in 23 North Carolina counties and will work with school systems, county library systems, local and state parks, environmental education centers, colleges and universities, government agencies and other partners to expand these programs.
“As an affiliate of the University of North Carolina System, we are eager to work with teachers, librarians, park directors and others to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in higher education and the workforce,” says George Briggs, executive director of The North Carolina Arboretum, which is based in Asheville. “We serve the entire State of North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, and we are very grateful to The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for making such a major investment in our shared goals.”
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today’s society and future generations. The Foundation focuses on programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science and education at all academic and professional levels.
“We are proud to have helped the Arboretum launch Project EXPLORE with a smaller grant in 2012, and we are very excited about their plans to benefit tens of thousands of students and teachers statewide over the next five years,” says Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.