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Hands On Children's Museum and WSECU team up to launch the Inspired Learning for All Initiative! 

Credit Union Sponsorship Will Significantly Expand Museum’s Early Learning Programs for Children in the South Sound Region


The Hands On Children’s Museum and WSECU announced a major new partnership to expand access to the museum’s award-winning early learning programs for South Sound children and families, especially those who are underserved. The credit union will become the exclusive naming sponsor of the museum’s new “Inspired Learning for All” initiative.

The significance of this partnership is two-fold: it will help expand the museum’s innovative exhibits and programs, while also supporting increased access to key underserved populations.

The Inspired Learning for All Initiative will allow the museum to expand its mobile educational programs, increase subsidized field trips for schools serving low-income student populations, and offer free admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through a Washington State electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. 

Patty Belmonte, executive director of the Hands On Children’s Museum, said, “The launch of the new ‘Inspired Learning for All’ initiative is an exciting next step in the museum’s growth. The reality is, demand for free and reduced-fee access continues to grow. WSECU’s partnership, along with continued, generous community support, will help us serve more children with special needs, foster parents, military families, clients of social service agencies, and other low-income, at-risk, and underserved communities. We are so grateful for their investment in the museum and the community at large.”

WSECU President and CEO Kevin Foster-Keddie noted the partnership is unique in that it will both serve the broader community and add value to being a credit union member. As the naming sponsors of the “Inspired Learning for All” initiative, WSECU members will receive several special benefits, including a 10 percent discount on museum memberships and 50 percent discount on admission on “WSECU Wednesdays” that will be held on the first Wednesday of each month.

“We know many credit union members are regular visitors to the museum,” said Foster-Keddie. “It’s great to be able to offer them special benefits with this partnership while also helping the museum sustain and grow in the coming years.”