The Strong Announces G. Rollie Adams Tuition Assitance Fund

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

February 3, 2017

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong Museum Announces
The G. Rollie Adams Tuition Assistance Fund:
Sponsored by the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Trusts

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce the G. Rollie Adams Tuition Assistance Fund: Sponsored by The Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Trusts to provide financial support to families whose children might not otherwise be able to attend The Strong’s Woodbury School. The fund, named in honor of retired museum president and CEO G. Rollie Adams, will provide up to $5,000 per year for a five-year period.

“Mary’s generous gift will help to provide play-based educational experiences for children in our community,” says Debbie McCoy, assistant vice president for education at The Strong. “The establishment of this fund is a meaningful tribute to Rollie Adam’s career-long advocacy for the educational impact of play—and at the same time it supports the goals that Mary and Andrew identified during Andrew's lifetime to expose students to activities that promote creative thinking and the power of choice.”

Woodbury School is inspired by the Reggio Emilia teaching approach, which sees each child as a competent, resourceful, curious, and inventive learner. Small classes, specially designed classrooms, and a secure outdoor play space offer a nurturing environment for preschool and early kindergarten students. Set among the museum’s engaging, dynamic exhibits, the school provides children the opportunity to explore fun learning environments with hands-on guidance. Early childhood teachers help foster children’s creativity and self-discovery through playful activities.       

How to apply for Woodbury School: Eligible preschool students must be three or four years old on or before December 1, 2017. Eligible early kindergarten students must be four or five years old on or before December 1, 2017. Enrollment applications for the 2017–2018 school year are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available

online at To receive an application by mail, call 585-263-2700, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (To check if your family qualifies for tuition assistance, mark the appropriate box on the application form.)

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.