Friday, August 15, 2008

Community Support Key for New Science Museum

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The future looks bright at Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum, thanks to the support of local individuals, businesses and foundations who joined the Tellus Founder's Circle.

Tellus is a world-class museum that will excite visitors with amazing exhibits that will open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus, opening in January 2009, will feature four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. A planetarium and an observatory are also located at Tellus. The 120,000 square foot museum is located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75.

The Founder's Circle is the lynchpin of the museum's $6 million capital campaign. The Founder's Circle is made up of everyone from local residents to international businesses. Opportunities for individuals begin at $250 and $5,000 for corporations.

"The education statistics in Georgia and nationwide reflect the need for a more intensive approach to science, math and technology teaching in our schools," said Tellus Director of Development Adam Wade. "This is a critical time as we begin to realize the full potential of this exciting project. We've been able to raise more than $3.2 million thanks to the support of our community."

Individuals, families and corporations are all invited to join the Founder's Circle. Contributors will receive quarterly updates via the museum's magazine, a permanent listing on a wall in the Tellus lobby, a hard hat tour during construction and a tour of the museum prior to opening.
"Tellus will help fulfill the demand for high-quality earth and planetary science education in the fast-growing communities of northwest Georgia and including metropolitan Atlanta," Wade said. "All donations received for the Founder's Circle will be used to support exhibition fabrication, acquisition of equipment and technology for the new facility."

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