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$100,000 Grant Enables N.C. Museum of History to Expand Outreach Services Across State

On Jan. 26 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, Lauren Steele (far right), Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, presented a $100,000 grant to the N.C. Museum of History Foundation. N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle and Museum Director Ken Howard accepted the check. PHOTO CREDIT: N.C. Museum of History

The Coca-Cola Foundation presented a $100,000 grant to the N.C. Museum of History Foundation in Raleigh on Jan. 26. The Coca-Cola Foundation grant, titled Educational Outreach Programs for North Carolina Students, will enable the N.C. Museum of History to expand its educational services to students and educators across North Carolina.

“We are excited that the North Carolina Museum of History will be able to increase its innovative educational programs and reach more students than ever,” said Lauren Steele, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. “We take our role in our commitment to our communities very seriously, and we are honored to help the museum touch so many communities throughout the state.”

Remarked Ken Howard, Museum Director, “With the reductions in state funding for the museum, private-public partnerships like this are more important than ever to allow us to meet our mission of educating the public on the history of our great state. We greatly appreciate this grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, as it allows us to maintain and expand our outreach programs for the schoolchildren of North Carolina.”

The Museum of History’s outreach services provide learning opportunities and resources to students and teachers in all 100 North Carolina counties. With the $100,000 grant, the museum will:

● double its capacity to provide distance-learning videoconferencing classes for grades K-12;
● develop a new distance-learning class about human ecology in North Carolina;
● publish four issues of the award-winning magazine Tar Heel Junior Historian;
● expand multidisciplinary History-in-a-Box teaching kits; and
● initiate the Tar Heel Junior Historian Community Preservation Project and service award.

Distance learning classes and hands-on History-in-a Box kits are prime examples of how the museum reaches those who can’t travel to Raleigh. On the other hand, initiatives like the Tar Heel Junior Historian Community Preservation Project help students discover history in their own communities.

“We really want to help students love history and make connections between the past and the present,” added Sally Bloom, Distance Learning Educator at the N.C. Museum of History. “We are grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for helping us reach our goals.”

About the N.C. Museum of History
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.

About the Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the Coca-Cola Company’s primary international philanthropic arm. Founded in 1984, the Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Foundations grants are awarded throughout the year on business plan priorities, tax requirements, legal compliance and approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC)

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Consolidated is the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler with franchise territories in 11 Southeastern states. For more information on CCBCC please call 704-557-4100 or visit www.CokeConsolidated.com. You can also follow CCBCC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cokeconsolidated and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cokeccbcc.

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