HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 26, 2021) – State Farm Agents are continuing to live their “Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is There” promise even during this challenging time. A local example of this is agent Lauren Brenneman (Hagerstown) who partnered State Farm Insurance to have the Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant of $14,900 awarded to the Discovery Station. The grant was awarded to help the Discovery Station administer the Common Cents Community Building Initiative.
Under this initiative, Discovery Station will work with collaborative partners such as the Judy Center of Washington County, Apples for Children, Inc., the Washington County Free Library, Together with Families, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, and more, to distribute 24,000 STEAM and financial literacy kits to children in Washington County by 2024. This initiative will enrich the lives of Washington County residents through quality educational programs and exhibits to help shape the county’s youth into future innovators in STEAM fields.
“We are very grateful for this grant award and the overwhelming support of State Farm Insurance for this initiative. These kits will support the Maryland Department of Education’s pedagogy for children from birth to age 8 and will be developed by museum staff and early childhood educators that serve on Discovery Station’s Board of Directors.” said Brittany Wedd, executive director for Discovery Station. “They will take a two-generational approach to STEAM and financial literacy so that children learn the skill-sets they need to be prepared for kindergarten with consistent academic success thereafter, and so that parents and caregivers will be empowered in their roles as educators.”
Since our communities continue to cope with this time of uncertainty and the COVID-19 pandemic, State Farm Insurance is still working to extend gestures of this kind and also partnering with community organizations like Discovery Station who are working to make our communities stronger and better educated.
Through this partnership between Discovery Station and State Farm Insurance, the Common Cents Community Building Initiative will be making a targeted effort to improve the early educational outcomes of children in Washington County through supplemental learning opportunities in the home and in childcare settings.
For Media Contacts:
Discovery Station: Brittany Wedd, Executive Director | 301.790.0076 | Brittany@discoverystation.org
State Farm Insurance: Dwayne Redd | 610.358.7845 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Discovery Station is a hands-on museum that provides life-long learning experiences to thousands of children and families each year. We create an environment that stimulates curiosity for discovery, exploration, and further investigation through exhibits and programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) principles. Discovery Station is a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s museum.
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. Over these past weeks, State Farm, like many other companies, has responded quickly to a rapidly changing situation. We’re grateful for how our employees, agents, and our communities are adapting to new ways of working and pulling together to support everyone. When faced with uncertainty we always go back to doing what we do best: helping people.