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      Apply for field trip funds from 'Adopt-a-School'

      More than $140,000 to date has been contributed to the Adopt-a-School program.

      In this time when science and math education are more important than ever, schools are being forced to tighten budgets and cancel field trips. Imagination Station is acutely aware of this financial trend and has launched the Adopt-a-School program, an exciting new initiative that will help provide access to the science center for 2nd-6th grade classrooms in need of financial assistance in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

      The Imagination Station believes that every child deserves the opportunity to experience the wonder of science and it's our goal to help as many students as possible! So with the help of corporations, foundations and individuals stepping forward to help bridge the budgetary gap, more than $140,000 to date has been contributed to the Adopt-a-School program.

      "This program affords the science center an opportunity to expose thousands of local kids to vital science education," said Lori Hauser, executive director of Imagination Station. "Adopt-a-School is a great initiative and highlights the impact of local organizations taking an active role in educating the children of our community."

      Teachers from public, private, parochial and charter schools in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan interested in applying for Adopt-a-School field trip access must apply online at imaginationstationtoledo.org/adopt-a-school. Applications to receive Adopt-a-School funding will be accepted from February 15-March 15, 2012. Funding will be awarded based on financial and academic needs of students, the educational goal of the proposed field trip and the availability of field trip funding within your district.

      A review committee consisting of educators and community leaders will review all completed applications. Decisions will be made within two weeks of application deadline and all applicants will be notified on Friday, March 30, 2012.

      The Imagination Station, located on the downtown Toledo riverfront, is a science center dedicated to delivering science and technology based programming to youth and their families throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.