STILLWATER – Announcing free admission to Oklahoma WONDERtorium on Monday, February 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. as they host a food drive to support local children.
Visitors are invited to explore at no expense one of the region’s favorite children’s museums that inspires curiosity to learn through play– to open doors for Oklahoma’s curious minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more.
Debbie Williams said the museum staff is pleased to offer a free admission day as a way to give back to the community. She said, “to take it a step further and give back to a program in need makes it even more rewarding.”
The WONDERtorium is offering the free admission as a thank you to the community and hopes visitors will be encouraged to bring a food item in place of admission that supports Stillwater Weekend Food Sacks for Children– a project now in it’s 13th year that is facilitated by First United Methodist Church of Stillwater.
“We are very pleased to have Oklahoma WONDERtorium as continued supporters of Stillwater Weekend Food Sacks for Children Project,” said Karen Hinton, co-project manager of the program facilitated by First United Methodist Church of Stillwater. “Now in our 13th year, we disperse up to 1900 food sacks every month as we fulfill our mission to ‘provide a weekend supplemental food sack to children in the Stillwater School District who have been identified by the school system as hungry’ and to experience the care and love of others,” she said.
At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the number of sacks delivered for September was 1735 sacks. Since then, however, the number of sacks requested has risen from 1735 sacks per month to 1900 sacks per month, which is what will be delivered for February 2017.
The project’s managing team, Karen Hinton, Linda Blum and Nancy Allford, works to keep the average cost per sack under $5 to assure those who donate to this program that their donations are being utilized wisely. The managing team also works hard to ensure that the contents of each sack meet the standards for supplemental food items based on a nutritional evaluation by the Nutritional Sciences Department, College of Human Sciences. The success of this program has proven successful and may serve well as a model for other communities.
For more information about Oklahoma WONDERtorium, or a list of requested food items to support the food drive, visit okwondertorium.org.