Flint Classroom Support Fund supports Longway Planetarium

The Flint Classroom Support Fund supports Longway Planetarium’s Portable Dome Theater

Flint — For the third year in a row, elementary students in Flint will experience a night under the stars as the Longway Planetarium’s portable dome theater journeys to their school. Support for the traveling dome theater came from a $7,500 grant from The Bishop Trust. The Flint Classroom Support Fund is the grant recipient.

“Thanks to the Bishop Trust and Flint Classroom Support Fund for continuing to support our students and providing them with rich, cross-curricular learning opportunities that allow our students to make valuable connections that lead to high academic achievement,” Superintendent Bilal Tawwab said.

Inside the 26-feet-by-26-feet domed structure, students will view a realistic model of the night sky over Flint. With the addition of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be viewed from Earth.

Sloan*Longway Executive Director, Todd Slisher, said, “This support will mean so much to the students in the Flint Community Schools. Our portable dome is a wonderful educational tool and can inspire our young learners to reach for the stars. We greatly appreciate the support of the Bishop Trust and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in providing these important programs.”

“We cannot thank the Bishop Trust enough for enhancing these children’s education with the special school grants for the dome. We have raised more than $350,000 in teacher and school grants to build bridges for the future for these Flint children,” said Jerome Dallas Winegarden Jr., President of the Flint Classroom Support Fund. “We urge the faculty to continue to request grants for special projects and various companies and individuals to continue to contribute to our cash for classrooms fund.”

More about the Flint Classroom Support Fund: The Flint Classroom Support Fund is a 501(c) 3 educational foundation that provides mini-grants to Flint teachers, support staff and schools for creative and innovative programs for district students. For more information about the Fund, call 810-760-7192.

More about Longway Planetarium: Longway Planetarium is located in the Flint Cultural Center, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan. Planetarium hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Shows in the planetarium theater every day. Admission is $6 adults, $4 Seniors (60+), $4 Youth age 2-11, Children 1 and under are FREE. Longway Planetarium is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is supported in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ruth Mott Foundation. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Visit Longway.org for more information.

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