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AEP Foundation donates $250,000 to Muncie Children’s Museum to fund expansion of Discovery Park

August 10, 2022

The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation made an meaningful donation when the Muncie Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, Discovery Park, opened in 2017. Once again, they are generously supporting the expansion of the exhibit, with Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a subsidiary of AEP, announcing a $250,000 grant from the AEP Foundation to the museum’s “More to Explore” capital campaign.

“Supporting this expansion by the Muncie Children’s Museum helps encourage an interest in learning at an early age, which is perfectly aligned with our foundation’s focus on improving lives through education,” said Rob Keisling, Indiana Michigan Power’s External Affairs Manager. “The museum continually serves as an anchor for education and exploration for families across the community and we are happy to be a part of that.”

The AEP Foundation approved the grant upon the recommendation of I&M.

This gift continues to move the Children’s Museum forward in their first capital campaign in 25 years. One focus of the “More to Explore” campaign is to fund the expansion of the Discovery Park exhibit, which includes an expanded nature area, refurbished ant wall, and new water table.

“The continued support from AEP is very special to MCM in a way that aligns our focus areas of early education and STEM. The outcome will allow kids to experience science through hands-on activity and play,” said MCM Director of Development, Ashlee Anderson.

With the gift from AEP Foundation and continued community support, the Muncie Children’s Museum is on target to reach its goal in 2022 and this community treasure will continue to expand its creative learning space for the children of Muncie to enjoy.

Campaign updates and progress can be seen at moretoexplore.net.

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