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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

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.