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Fernbank Receives Funding for ‘Pathways to Success’ Scientific Enrichment Program  

Newell Rubbermaid grants $50,000 to provide Metro Atlanta students and families with curriculum-based science and cultural learning

WHAT: Newell Rubbermaid has pledged $50,000 to benefit Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Pathways to Success: Building Scientific Achievement program. Comprised of afterschool programs, outdoor learning, laboratory-based classes and family museum visits, thePathways to Successprogram encourages students and families to become excited about science and cultural studies while providing youth with educational challenges and the tools to succeed in school and life.

WHEN: Fernbank’s Science at Hand Day on November 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., is one of severalPathways to Successprograms supported through the grant from Newell Rubbermaid. This family programming day will be held at the Museum and offer a unique chance to learn what it’s like to be a scientist and explore different scientific fields.Science at Hand Dayis included with Museum admission.  Newell Rubbermaid’s overall support of thePathways to Successprogram will reach students throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year. 

WHO: Fernbank’s Pathways to Success initiative will directly serve nearly 200,000 students in elementary through high school in Metro Atlanta, where Newell Rubbermaid’s global headquarters is located.  Taught by expert scientists, Fernbank’s curriculum-focused programs inspire students to excel in science through interactive experiences in ecology, biology, geology, paleontology, archaeology, anthropology and other sciences.

The grant from Newell Rubbermaid will help fund Fernbank’s school-outreach and on-site museum educational programs in Atlanta including Science at Hand Day.

WHY: Georgia test scores show there is a pressing need to further develop students’ scientific and cultural knowledge as it relates to academic performance.  Prevailing research indicates that the expanded learning opportunities museums provide have substantial academic, social and health benefits that promote students’ success and leadership.  In addition, family learning is critical to children’s cognitive development and can bolster in-classroom learning and ease grade-level transitions. 

Newell Rubbermaid’s donation to Fernbank Museum aligns with the company’s focus on Growing Up, one of three strategic areas for itsInvesting in Communitycorporate philanthropy initiative. Donations made under this pillar are intended to provide children with a positive start and the tools to succeed in adulthood.

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