Progress Energy presented a check for $10,000 to Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham this week bringing the company’s total gift to the new children’s museum to $50,000. The gift will be recognized with a naming of an exhibit within the museum’s I CAN Wonder Why theme area.
Progress Energy gave $40,000 to the museum nine months ago.
Supporting education is a cornerstone of Progress Energy’s investment in the areas where it provides services. The company’s Sherwood H. Smith Jr. Energy Complex, located near Hamlet, provides 1,890 megawatts of electricity to Progress Energy customers. The company is taking a balanced approach to meet the needs of its customers, including aggressive energy-efficient programs, investments in renewable energy technologies, and state-of-the-art power plants and energy-delivery systems, company officials said.
This announcement comes after another announcement earlier this week, when Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham received its first exhibit, an antique fire truck. Remodeling and renovations are changing the facade and interior of what used to be the McKenzie Furniture building, located on East Washington Street in downtown Rockingham. The firetruck will stay in place, covered, while construction continues around it. Exhibits will continue to be designed and built into the museum, which plans to open doors to the public early in 2013.
Discovery Place KIDS is an innovative model in regional children’s museums developed by Discovery Place, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. Discovery Place KIDS is built on the theme of “I CAN” and offers children unique opportunities to explore their world; to develop cognitive, motor and social skills; and to stretch their imaginations in a child-centered environment dedicated to play.
For more information about Discovery Place KIDS, call 704-372-6261 or visit the website discoveryplaceKIDS.org.