- Facilitated imaginative activities that celebrate diversity to help improve school readiness for more than 1,000 Head Start preschoolers
- Engaged over 500 elementary school-aged children with inspiring play-based math and science activities during after-school and summer Learning Clubs
- Welcomed more than 1,300 low-income children and family members to free Museum family nights, where they received complimentary year-long admission passes
- Recruited and trained dozens of Museum volunteers
- Engaged Museum visitors in hands-on exhibits and developed interactive public programs
- And much more!
Some heartfelt tributes shared during their graduation ceremony:
“[These children are] lucky if they meet someone who challenges their hearts and brains and changes the way they think. You might be that person.”
– Mary Ellen O'Mahony, Children’s Friend“Thank you for dedicating a year of your lives. It’s the best example of communities and people coming together to make the world a better places… leveling the playing field for these children and giving them the opportunities they deserve.”
– Marisa Petreccia, Serve Rhode Island“We could not reach these children in these numbers and with this depth without you…What would be the point of having a children’s museum if we couldn’t reach the children who need us most?”
– Janice O’Donnell, Museum director
The Museum’s AmeriCorps program is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and Serve Rhode Island with additional support from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation; The John Clarke Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee; CVS Caremark Charity Classic; Frank B. Hazard General Charity Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Harry M., Miriam C. & William C. Horton Fund, Bank of America, Co-Trustee; Museum Annual Campaign Donors; Sovereign Bank Foundation; Textron Charitable Trust; and UnitedHealthcare of New England.