westchester [ny] children’s museum
2017 giving while living micro grant: $500

A Museum volunteer works with children on a filtered light project during Science Sunday.

A Museum volunteer works with children on a filtered light project during Science Sunday.

The Foundation’s grant is being used to support the Westchester Children’s Museum’s Science Sunday program; a monthly hands-on learning experience for children visiting the museum that focuses on basic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles. Programs this year have included building trusses, extracting DNA from strawberries, racing solar cars, crushing geodes and investigating filtered light. Topics for the remainder of the year will explore gas chromatography art, sharks, and water quality testing. The Museum hosted a special Science Sunday in October as part of National Chemistry Week.

Thank you to Laura Tessier, from Woodard & Curran, Inc.’s White Plains, NY office, who selected the Westchester Children’s Museum to receive this $500 Giving While Living Micro Grant. Laura’s name was randomly chosen from the hundreds of Woodard & Curran, Inc. employees who support the Foundation and we made the grant to the Museum in her name. Thank you, Laura!

challenges & success stories

To date, over 150 children have participated in the Museum’s Science Sunday programs. Two sessions are presented on the second Sunday of each month - the Museum is exploring the possibility of adjusting the timing and format of the programs to involve even more museum visitors. Given the popularity of the programs, they are also searching for additional funding to provide the program on a more frequent basis - ultimately hoping to feature them as a weekly event.