Museum gets funds

A new federal grant will help the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh extend its educational programs to more counties.

The museum already offers distance-learning classes, Spanish-language programming, web-site activities and other educational programs in five rural counties, including Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Northampton and Robeson.

Thanks to the new $150,000 grant, the museum will extend its educational programs to Columbus, Cumberland, Halifax, Hoke and Vance counties.

The grant, from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, a federal grant-making agency in Washington, D.C., will supplement a $300,000 three-year grant awarded in 2002 by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

The federal agency this year has given $15 million in grants to help 169 museums throughout the U.S. use their collections and services to strengthen learning in schools, at home and through partnerships with community groups.

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