Roanoke’s Kids Square receives $50K donation from AEP Foundation

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Kids Square in Roanoke has been awarded a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation for $50,000.

This grant will allow Kids Square to offer STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), play-based learning outside of the Kids Square walls, in the midst of the ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic.

“By partnering with our school systems, park and recreational facilities and other non-profit organizations, children of any economic status may continue to develop the foundational skills that they need to become lifelong learners. Together, we will not let COVID-19 stand in the way of our children’s education!”

Kids Square Spokesperson

Kids Square will continue its “Kits for Kids” program where children of all demographics have enjoyed building, creating and problem-solving. These kits contain three to four STEAM-focused, play-based learning activities experienced either individually in the classroom or at home. All of the items needed for each activity are included in the kits.

The AEP Foundation’s grant also makes it possible for Kids Square to purchase equipment and materials to offer some of the coolest science experiments and play-based learning opportunities around. Kids Square will take their exhibits and demonstrations on the road in areas where social distancing is easy to accomplish.

“We are so grateful to receive a grant like this from such a community-minded organization like American Electric Power.”

Felicia Branham, Kids Square Executive Director

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