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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Liberty Science Center receives $35,000 grant to fund program for underprivileged children

Written by Nicolas Fernandes

Liberty Science Center has been granted $35,000 from the Charles Lafitte Foundation that will go towards their free, recurring event for less fortunate children during the school year.

LCS has been holding Community Evenings since 1998. The three-and-a-half-hour sessions provide IMAX films, 3D shows, family programming, live demonstrations and hands-on activities for students in the 31 low-income school districts statewide, which include Jersey City, Harrison, West New York, Hoboken, and Union City.

CLF supports organizations working in education, children's advocacy, medical, and arts.

LCS submits request forms to about 100 foundations each year to fund the $100,000 program. Some years they receive the entire amount and other years they get a smaller amount. If they are not granted the full amount, the science center, a non-profit organization, pays for the remaining costs.

"Science and technology education is increasingly important for our students' futures – that's why we are so excited and proud to support the Liberty Science Center, CLF President Jennifer Vertetis said.

This is the second time CLF has awarded the center with a grant for the program. This is the first grant they have received for the upcoming school year and LCS Director of Grants Jessica Ortiz expects one or two more by February.

"Charles Lafitte Foundation's support of Liberty Science Center's community evenings provides opportunities for learners of all ages to gather at the Center and experience the range of exhibitions and special programs presented here," said Daniel Menelly, LCS vice president of STEM education.

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