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childrens_museumCOBBLESTONE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM RECEIVES $12,500 IN GRANTS AND DEVELOPS LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

Congratulations to our good friends at Collbleston Children's Museum (CCM) on their recently awarded sponsorship and grants to continue to build the "Museum on the Go" program and traveling exhibits. CCM received $4,000 from Mary Washington Healthcare (MWH) to develop the "Farm to Table" traveling exhibit. This is a play based exhibit designed to teach children the origin of their food, how it is grown and to encourage healthy eating and nutrition.

CCM also received a $5,000 JumpStart! Grant from the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority. The Economic Development Authority provides financial incentives to assist new and existing businesses in the City of Fredericksburg in order to foster and stimulate development. CCM plans to use these funds to purchase an enclosed box trailer. This utility trailer will allow the "Museum on the Go" program to transport portable, educational and interactive traveling exhibits.

CCM will receive a $3,500 Financial Assistance Grant in the spring of 2012 from the Fredericksburg Area Service League (FASL). FASL is an organization dedicated to helping children in Fredericksburg and its surrounding counties through financial and volunteer support. CCM will use these funds to create the "Ready, Set, Roll" traveling exhibit. This exhibit will focus on velocity, gravity, acceleration and friction in playful experimentation with golf balls.

CCM was also chosen as a placement for FASL for the 2011-2012 year. The members of FASL will volunteer to assist CCM at local children's events throughout the year.

These grants and partnerships bring CCM a step closer to making the museum a reality for the Fredericksburg region.

CCM is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire interactive learning and creativity in children and adults through moments of shared discovery. CCM's vision is to establish a permanent children's museum in the Fredericksburg area that will provide a safe, challenging and stimulating environment where all children can direct their own learning experiences. Information about the museum may be found at www.cobblestonechildrensmuseum.org.

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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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