Grant approved for portable planetarium dome





Todd K. Slisher, Executive Director of Sloan Longway held a press conference last Thursday to announce the financial support offered on behalf of the Flint Classroom Support Fund to enable local students the amazing experiences of school visit field trips provided by the Flint Cultural Center. The Portable Dome experience offered by the Longway Planetarium was the highlighted program as it provides a fascinating trip into the distant areas of space all within a school classroom or gymnasium. The grant money provided by the Support Fund and a local donor totals $4,500 this year, enabling all Flint students an unforgettable educational exploratory journey.

Todd K. Slisher, Executive Director of Sloan Longway held a press conference last Thursday to announce the financial support offered on behalf of the Flint Classroom Support Fund to enable local students the amazing experiences of school visit field trips provided by the Flint Cultural Center. The Portable Dome experience offered by the Longway Planetarium was the highlighted program as it provides a fascinating trip into the distant areas of space all within a school classroom or gymnasium. The grant money provided by the Support Fund and a local donor totals $4,500 this year, enabling all Flint students an unforgettable educational exploratory journey.

FLINT — The community has with great outpouring of care once again supported local students who will continue to be awed, educated, and inspired by Sloan-Longway’s state-of-the-art technology.

The Portable Dome that travels to interested schools is a huge source of pride for those affiliated with the Flint Cultural Center.

The field trip night sky that visits students in their daylight hours of learning bursts with out-of-this-world views to accent the regular textbook experience.

The technology not only expounds on the readings, it offers a view of some of the most distant places in space.

The vast exploratory amount of educational information cannot be even touched upon with the average materials provided in the typical science hour.

The dome with its’ wealth of information paired with that of esteemed scientific community educators in Flint, along with Longway’s Astronomer Buddy Stark cannot be passed up.

It is simply extraordinary and vital, as a learning tool.

That is why on Dec. 18 at a special press conference hosted by Todd K. Slisher, Executive Director of Sloan- Longway, he announced grant money acquired to give children near and far unforgettable and important experiences.

These experiences would not be possible without community support and donors who understand the immense value of Sloan-Lonway inside local classrooms.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support to be able to bring these exciting and educational programs to the Flint Schools. The portable dome is an amazing way to spark the curiosity and interest of our students as they learn about the universe,” said Slisher.

The outlying districts have had reliable funds to offer the educational days and on-site field trips for their students.

Ironically, it is those students studying just around the block that are left with little means to take part in something fantastic cultivated in their own hometown.

Supporters of the arts and sciences in the community know it would literally be a shame if students right around the corner were not given the same wonderful opportunity that those miles away enjoy.

Now local students also can enter the dome in wonder, and leave with information most valuable in regards to their current school year, and all those that follow.

J Dallas Winegarden Jr., President of Flint Class Room Support Fund stated, “On behalf of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, we are honored and proud for the third year in a row to provide funding so the Longway Planetarium Portable Dome Theater can visit the 12 elementary intercity schools in the city of Flint. This could not be possible without the continuing support of the Community Foundation, the Flint Area Schools Credit Union, the fourth year medical school students from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine who put on the Flintstone run every year, and many other supporters-far too numerous to men tion. Thank you for your contributions and continuing support! Thank you Sloan Longway for your participation so that these intercity children can reach for the stars through this wonderful education project to discover our universe,” he said.

Local students will continue to experience the glory and fun of the Portable Dome Theater inside their school by way of a $4,500 grant from the Countywide Youth Initiative Program Fund, as well as the offering from an anonymous donor of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The much-beloved portable dome experience enjoyed by many students in recent years, brings a dark cloudless evening sky into the light of the daytime school hours.

Naturally, this unconventional and thrilling learning experience serves as an optimal tool for absorption of knowledge, and is of immeasurable merit for students.

Astronomy, Biology, Science, and technology are combined to paint a vast portrait of the wonder and glory of learning. Slisher and his peers were simply elated last week to share the news in benefit of local children who can aim for the stars, in the same manner as their peers in classrooms in nearby cities.

Longway Astronomer Stark said, “This technology can take you anywhere.” Stark mentioned seeing in the eyes of children who have experienced the dome prior, the light and power of the experience in their eyes.

It is remarkable it its’ creation, and one of many tools made with passion and integrity with all in mind, on behalf of those working in and for The Flint Cultural Center.


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