M&T Bank Provides Support for Education Programs at The Strong

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

September 24, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

M&T Bank Provides Support for

Education Programs at The Strong

The Strong is pleased to announce that M&T Bank is granting $50,000 in support of the museum’s 2013–2014 education programs, which provide enriching school lessons for students in pre-K through grade 8; dynamic lessons for high school students, including two advanced placement conferences; and professional development opportunities for pre-and in service teachers, administrators, and curriculum development professionals.

Each year, The Strong provides on-site, play-based educational experiences to more than 15,000 students from more than 100 communities. In addition, more than 1,000 high school students from across the region take part in the museum’s annual Advanced Placement conferences in history and psychology. Designed to help extend the school curriculum beyond the classroom, The Strong’s thematic, facilitated lessons allow students to have fun while learning amid the museum’s dynamic exhibits and world-renowned collections. Lessons are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards.

According to G. Rollie Adams, The Strong’s president and CEO, “We are grateful to M&T Bank for their support of our ongoing educational efforts. The Strong is an essential educational resource for schools and teachers in the Western and Central New York regions. As such, it provides hands-on educational experiences in a world class setting in order to expand traditional classroom learning.”

Says Dan Burns, regional president for M&T Bank’s Rochester region, “By inspiring learning and creativity among Rochester’s youth, The Strong makes a powerful contribution to our community and quality of life. M&T has a long history of supporting educational youth programs in Rochester, and we’re honored to associate ourselves with successful, popular, and impactful community organizations like The Strong.”

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. It carries out this mission through five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, and the American Journal of Play. Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. These enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.