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Truckee’s KidZone Museum celebrates its supporters

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TRUCKEE and#8212; On the sunny morning of Jan. 22, 2011, the KidZone Museum celebrated the support and donation of time, gifts and much neededfunds offered by our many dedicated community members. Fifty-five donors and volunteers attended the appreciation breakfast held at Truckeeand#8217;s Cedar House Sport Hotel. Volunteer Coordinator Meghan Maciel proudly presented Presidential Volunteer Service Awards to eight exceptional and tireless volunteers: Helen Pelster, John Booth, Diana Pruski, Stacey Carr, Jenna Hilton, Spin Shaffer, Jennifer Standteiner and Kerry Stendelleach donated 100-300 plus hours to the Museum in the last year. and#8220;This past year, volunteer service hours amounted to over $87,000 and gifts in kind amounted to over $27, 000,and#8221; said Board President Helen Pelster. and#8220;The Museum survives on the generosity of the people in our community and in turn, we share their gifts with as many children and families as we can.and#8221;

Cindy Maciel, the director of STEPP (Sierra Teen Education and Parenting Program), also spoke at the event: and#8220;The STEPP program, which supports teen moms, visits the Museum weekly. We watch as the children in our program change and grow and develop much needed skills for healthy development. We are so fortunate to have the Museum in our community. I also (personally) benefited by visiting the Museum when my daughter was young.and#8221;

Coming later this year, the Museum has grand plans in place to expand their educational programs. Teichert Aggregate and a host of volunteers will transform the Museumand#8217;s and#8220;backyardand#8221; to create a natural outdoor space for children and families to play and learn together in a natural setting. Also this spring, the volunteer exhibits committee has designed the next exhibitthat will fill half the Museum. Executive Director Carol Meagher stated, and#8220;Our current exhibit, Lucky Duck Farm, will be gracefully retired after offering two years of limitless exploration, and our new Under The Sea exhibit will be put in place.and#8221;

and#8220;If you have never seen the Museum exhibits, they are a work of art,and#8221; says exhibit committee volunteer Deb Kelly of Kelly Paints. and#8220;My first experience at the Museum was when I took my grandchildren and I was hooked. I wanted to help with this amazingly creative and inspiring organization that is so essential to the children of our community, so I joined the volunteer exhibits committee. and#8221;

The KidZone Museum has been operating in Truckee for 17 years and each week welcomes 20-50 children for free who arrive via the Museumand#8217;s free transportation, or visit with social service partners. To learn more about the Museum and its benefactors, foundations and supporters visit http://www.KidZoneMuseum.org or call 587-KIDS.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com