Seaport gets grant for educational outreach

Mystic - Mystic Seaport has received a $100,000 grant from a Brooklyn-based charitable trust that it will use to develop and implement an educational outreach program for fifth-grade students in 10 towns in northeastern Connecticut.

The museum announced Thursday that it will use the money from the Beagary Charitable Trust to create activities and learning tools for use in schools, at the museum and online.

The program, which begins this year, will involve every fifth-grader in Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Killingly, Pomfret, Plainfield, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson, and Woodstock over a three-year period.

"We recognize it is a challenge for school districts in this era to be able to afford to take students on field trips outside the classroom. This grant will enable us not only to physically bring every fifth- grader in northeastern Connecticut to Mystic Seaport, but also to help us develop in-school and online learning tools to serve students across the state and elsewhere," said Mystic Seaport President Steve White.

"We hope grants of this kind can be a model for other organizations who hope to support school access to the rich educational assets institutions such as Mystic Seaport offer."

The Seaport will also use the funding to develop educational programs for the "Year of the Charles W. Morgan" which will be held during the 2013-14 school year. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly have designated the 2013-14 academic year to be the "Year of the Charles W. Morgan" to coincide with the completed restoration and voyage of whaleship.

The museum said the Beagary Charitable Trust is a longtime supporter of the Seaport. In 2008, it donated $150,000 towards the Morgan restoration.

The Seaport said the Beagary Charitable Trust provides financial aid to educational institutions, museums, research institutions, and other organizations that preserve and teach history. It also supports organizations with programs that promote intellectual, social, physical, and cultural interactions and teach sportsmanship and leadership skills.

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