The Explore & More Children’s Museum has received a significant capital gift in the amount of $1 million from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation. The funds puts the museum one significant step further towards its $27 million project goal. This latest gift brings the museum’s Play It Forward capital campaign to two-thirds of its final goal. The timing couldn’t be better for this one, as the museum is set to break ground at Canalside in March of 2017. These particular funds will be earmarked towards building the Being Good Neighbors educational play zone. The play zone is one of seven different play zones at the museum.
“Those of us fortunate enough to call the City of Good Neighbors our home understand the importance of Being Good Neighbors. I can think of no better legacy to leave my children, and all of our children, than the opportunity to discover the world around them and all of the things that make our hometown special,” said Paul Saffrin (lead image), Trustee of the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation.
“Every year our students benefit from the hands-on learning experiences that Explore & More provides, either at the Museum or right here in our school. Explore & More’s programs expand on what our students are learning in the classroom, providing a much richer experience through our partnership than what any school can do on its own,” said Terry Tryon, Principal of Eggert Road Elementary in Orchard Park, where the announcement was held (see lead photos).
“We are excited to be a good neighbor at Canalside, bringing creative hands-on learning experiences to children and families in Buffalo and from across the region. We feel a great responsibility to be part of the solution for moving the needle on school readiness and achievement for the 50% of the City’s children who start school at a remedial academic level – while also making a positive impact economically and socially,” said Douglas Love, CEO of Explore & More. “It’s a monumental task, with an even greater impact – and it’s good neighbors like Paul Saffrin that are helping to make this dream a reality for Western New York’s children.“
“Paul Saffrin’s generous gift takes the museum two-thirds of the way to their $27 million project goal. This is a game-changing investment in a once-in-a-lifetime project, which will mean so much for the region’s children today…and for generations to come,” said David McNamara, Managing Partner of Phillips Lytle and Chair of Explore & More’s Capital Campaign.
The museum is schedule to open the second half of 2018.
For more information, visit www.exploreandmore.org or call (716) 655-5131 ext. 11.