Springfield Museums received $100,000 toward literacy-based interactive exhibits in The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum on Monday.
According to Karen Fisk, director of public relations and marketing for the Springfield Museums, the state grant will allow the museum to add several new interactive exhibits in both English and Spanish.
Senator Eric Lesser, one of the several legislators who helped secure funding, told 22News the taxpayer dollars will reinforce children’s literacy skills.
“For example, the bilingual exhibits that allow our local school kids to come into the school,” Sen. Lesser said. “It’s really an extension of our literacy education program. So, of course, done with strong private sector donors, but the state steps in, as well, to help with that access also.”
The Springfield Museums have much to be thankful for after securing the funds from the state’s 2019 budget. The money was allocated from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
“Augmenting the literacy interactives at the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will attract even more people to our city and increase the impact our Museums have to share both fun and learning with our visitors,” said Kay Simpson, president of the Springfield Museums.
So far, Senator Lesser has secured $300,000 for the museum. He said the money couldn’t have come at a better time, as the city is currently undergoing economic revitalization.
“These state funds have been critical to the Seuss Museum’s ongoing project to make bilingual exhibits at the museum. Thanks to this funding, more of our city’s residents and even more of our region’s many visitors will be able to enjoy the timeless words of our native son, Dr. Seuss,” Lesser said.
It’s worth noting, the Dr. Seuss enterprise is worth $75-million.