The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is pleased to announce a $ 1 million donation from William and Cita Sanders and the Sanders Foundation. The funds will be used for the start Fly up, a zone dedicated to aviation.
“We are truly grateful for this generous gift from the Sanders Foundation and the lasting impact it will have on children and families in our binational community,” said Barry Van Deman, executive director of the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center. “With this gift, we’ve come much closer to our goal of sponsoring all nine zones. The Fly up Zone will be educational, fun, and challenging. It is part of our promise that El Paso’s Children’s Museum and Science Center will be world class. “
The Fly up The zone and exhibit allow attendees to design, build, and launch paper planes over a full-scale model of the Franklin Mountains with the star on the mountain. Visitors analyze the design of the aircraft and its flight data. Young pilots can use the data to improve their aircraft to avoid turbulence, updrafts and cross winds.
“The Sanders Foundation is excited to be part of this phenomenal collaborative effort. We can’t wait for our grandchildren and all families in our region to enjoy the museum and science center experiences. Educational resources will be endless, ”said Cita Sanders, who has served on the board of directors of the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center since its inception.
“This gift is about more than just money,” said Eric Pearson, president and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. “It symbolizes the Sanders’ commitment to excellence and the ideals of the possible, and these are important tenets of this institution.”
The Sanders Foundation was founded in 1993 by William and Louann (Cita) Sanders to provide higher education opportunities to outstanding students in the El Paso and New Mexico areas. In 2004, the foundation expanded its mission within the El Paso community to support various educational and cultural initiatives for children as well as local cultural programs.
The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is a public-private partnership between the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso. It was approved by El Paso voters as part of a Quality of Life bond election in 2012 and is currently under construction in downtown El Paso. For more information about the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center, visit epcmuseum.org.