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CMBC's Mission, Vision and Values
Mission: To provide a community driven, child-centered space where children explore, learn, and grow by engaging in interactive play with those who care about them.
Vision: A dynamic location for discovery, education and imagination, sparking a passion for life-long learning.
Values: CMBC values education for all ages, a respect for each other and our differences, family interaction, stretching of the imagination, leadership, and collaboration that strengthens our community.
The Children’s Museum of Branch County Receives $5,000 “A Community Thrives” Grant From USA TODAY NETWORK and The Gannett Foundation
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October 5, 2021
The Children’s Museum of Branch County will receive $5,000 grant for exhibit expansion.
October 5, 2021 (Coldwater, MI) – The Children’s Museum of Branch County was announced a grant recipient of A Community Thrives, a grantmaking and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and a part of the Gannett Foundation, today. The CMBC will receive a $5,000 grant} for exhibit expansion.
A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $17 million since 2017. This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. The Children’s Museum of Branch County was named one of the winners of a local operating grant.
The Children’s Museum of Branch County is a community driven, child-centered space where children explore, learn and grow by engaging in interactive play with those who care about them. The A Community Thrives grant will support exhibit expansion at the CMBC.
“We are so thankful for our donors who supported us in the Mightycause, A Community Thrives online fundraiser through the Gannett Foundation this past July. We were able to raise almost $10,000 and we are thrilled to find out that we have been given a $5,000 local operating grant from the Gannett Foundation. This grant will assist us in our efforts to expand our exhibits,” said Kayla Gray, President, Children’s Museum of Branch County
“We are proud of the work The Children’s Museum of Branch County has done to enhance Branch County. At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause,” said CEO and Chairman Mike Reed
About A Community Thrives
A Community Thrives is a grant making and crowd-funding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK and is part of the Gannett Foundation. A Community Thrives supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building and has helped to contribute more than $17 million since 2017.
About USA TODAY NETWORK
USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co, Inc. (NYSE: GCI), is the largest local-to-national media organization in the country, powered by our award-winning newsrooms and marketing solutions business. With deep roots in local communities spanning the U.S. with more than 250 local media brands, plus USA TODAY, we engage more than 140 million people every month through a diverse portfolio of multi-platform content offerings and experiences. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.
We hosted our Annual Princess Ball Meet & Greet on March 8, 2020, at the Dearth Center to an almost capacity crowd. It was a huge success and raised over $11,000 for the museum. The museum would like to thank our sponsors and attendees for making it such a great event!
March 8, 2020
Following Governor Whitmer's mandated shutdown of K-12 schools, CMBC will also be closing for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation and we'll let you know we feel it's okay to reopen.
March 13, 2020
BRANCH PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT MEDICINE PC SUPPORTS CMBC
By participating in the FRONT PORCH PROJECT with Starlite Photography, LLC, Drs. Arivoli and Veerappan and staff made a donation to the Children's Museum of Branch County as a fundraiser for the museum during the COVID-19 shutdown. We are so grateful for the support from the community! Thank you!
April 11, 2020
The original founding members
from left to right:
Courtney Eaton, Sheila Taylor, and Robbi Omo
at one of the early stages fundraising events for CMBC
The Children's Museum of Branch County began as an idea during a fundraiser event at one of the local elementary schools. Three volunteer moms began talking about their desires to have something more to offer to their local community. They realized a need for social and educational opportunities in this rural county. They shared that vision and businesses, civic organizations, and other families also saw that need too.
What started out as a simple idea grew to become a reality. In June 2014 the Children's Museum of Branch County opened their doors during the Strawberry Festival -- one of Coldwater's largest downtown summer events. By early 2015, CMBC had applied for and been granted their non-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization.
With exhibit sponsorships, discounts, and donations of close to $15,000 this was truly a collaborative effort! There are currently over 20 exhibits, including a fully stocked art center, literacy nook, human body exhibits, and many math and science activities. The museum features a toddler room, complete with a Lego table. An interactive city allows children pretend to be Veterinarians, chefs, bankers, and more.
Since 2014, CMBC has continually looked for ways to grow, expand, and engage children and young adults in their programming.