January 30, 2012
The Aquarium of the Pacific recently received grants from Oxy Long Beach, Inc. and the LeBurta Atherton Foundation that will benefit the Aquarium’s Legacy Project. This project will continue the Aquarium’s long-standing relationship with two local schools and provide science learning experiences to underserved Long Beach families. Oxy granted $25,000 toward this project, and the Atherton Foundation gave $10,000.
The Aquarium has established relationships with the Cesar Chavez Elementary School and Washington Middle School communities and will continue to build on those relationships through the Legacy Project. Aquarium educators will adjust the focus of the project to allow for more sustainability and bring high-quality science activities, materials, and experiences to the parents, students, and teachers of those particular schools, as well as other Title I schools in Long Beach.
Under the Legacy Project, the Aquarium’s education department will offer out-of-school science learning opportunities that promote environmental literacy among parents and students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School and Washington Middle School. The project will provide family field trips to institutions like the California Science Center or the L.A. Zoo, and the Aquarium will both attend and host community events to deepen the connection with families.
In addition, Aquarium tickets will be given to the schools’ principals for distribution to students to encourage academic and social achievement, and teachers will have the opportunity to bring their classes to the Aquarium free of charge. Field trips will be available to Chavez Elementary, Washington Middle School, and other Long Beach Unified Title I schools.
The Legacy Project will support students’ interest and access to science, while providing parents opportunities to encourage their children’s science and academic achievement.