Free Class Trips
February 13, 2013
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering free admission and gallery lessons to 29,000 Philadelphia public school children this spring, thanks to funding from two major corporations, the museum announced today.
Children in kindergarten through eighth grade who are enrolled in Title I Philadelphia public schools are eligible to participate in the program, called Supporting and Enriching Natural Sciences Education in Schools, which is designed for underserved students. The funding from the Philadelphia-based law firm Kline & Specter and from Teva Pharmaceuticals, whose Americas headquarters is in North Wales, Pa., will support the class trips, plus special access to popular gallery experiences including Outside In, The Big Dig, and Butterflies!
“This is a great opportunity for teachers and students to experience the Academy for free,” said Academy Vice President of Education Jacquie Genovesi. “The Academy will expose the students to the school district’s curriculum and national standards in a way that’s fun, engaging and educational. We make the curriculum come to life in ways you just can’t do in a classroom.”
Teachers from qualifying schools are invited to consult with their school administrators and call the Academy’s Reservation Office at 215-299-1060 to schedule free field trips and gallery lessons for their classes. For more information about the museum, visit the Academy’s website.
The Academy of Natural Sciences has a long history of innovative educational programs. Officials began working directly with the School District of Philadelphia in the 1930s, and in 2004 the partnership resulted in the creation of SENSES. This innovative program provides underserved students in the Philadelphia region high quality science experiences that are especially effective with students who do not thrive in a traditional classroom setting.
The program also opens doors to children of families who cannot afford the cost of museum admission.
“Parents work hard and want the best for their children, but cannot afford to visit places like the Academy,” said Jeanne Grimes, a kindergarten teacher at A.S. Jenks School in South Philadelphia, who recently brought her 29 students “to experience a wonderful day of learning” at the Academy. “Please know that what you are doing is creating better citizens for America,” she said, pointing out the immigrant background of many of her students’ families.
Additional funding for SENSES is provided by The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Elliott-Lewis Corporation, FMC Corporation, Lomax Family Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., Republic Bank, Urban Outfitters, Vertex, Inc., and Wawa, Inc.
About Kline & Specter
Kline & Specter, founded by Tom Kline and Shanin Specter, is one the country’s premier law firms, concentrating its law practice in catastrophic personal injury cases. It is also known for its many achievements in making the community safer and its charitable efforts, including the Kline & Specter Squash Courts at Drexel University.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a leading global pharmaceutical company committed to increasing access to high quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s leading generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva’s branded businesses focus on CNS, oncology, pain, respiratory and women’s health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 46,000 people around the world and reached $18.3 billion in net revenues in 2011.
Eligible companies can receive tax credits for contributions to innovative educational programs, such as those at the Academy of Natural Sciences. For additional information on Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, visit the Academy’s website.