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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE

 

ECHO ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY LAUNCH OF “ECHO’S OPEN DOOR”

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steven Leibman
802-864-1848 ext. 125
sleibman@echovermont.org


(Burlington, VT) ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain announces the community launch of ECHO’s Open Door — a wide spectrum of community-funded programs providing free or discounted access to Vermont’s Lake Aquarium and Science Center. ECHO is coordinating these Vermont and upstate New York programs with 99 social service agencies, over 600 schools, and 315 libraries. The launch of ECHO’s Open Door is made possible through individual donations, corporations, and community access grants. ECHO is in the process of seeking additional funding to fulfill its commitment of broadening the project’s reach, deepening access programs, and generating long-term sustainability.
Phelan Fretz, ECHO’s Executive Director said, “ECHO’s Open Door is much more than reducing the cost of admission. This extensive outreach program explores the potential of creating a network of partners across the Basin to eliminate the cultural, geographic, and financial barriers to learning about, protecting, and celebrating the extraordinary natural and human resources that surround us all. ECHO is tremendously excited about the journey before us. Together, with our library, school and social service agency partners, we aim to cultivate a Basin-wide dialogue about everyone’s role in Lake stewardship. We can only begin to imagine what the potential might be.”

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“ECHO’S OPEN DOOR” PROGRAMS (in alphabetical order):
 

  • Annual Pass Matching Gift
    A free Annual Pass will be given to a low-income neighbor for every Annual Pass purchased or renewed through December 31, 2005.
  • ECHO After School
    Two dollars per child in after school programs that support at least 50% low-income families. This program engages supervised children — 4-12 years old — in ECHO Encounters: games, crafts, science experiments, and interactive ECHO Treks. Program runs through June, 2006.

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  • Hannaford ECHO Basin Backyard Explorer Program
    Discounted admission to Vermont and New York schools, and free classes. 4,000 students are projected to participate in the academic year 2005-2006 program, culminating in the ECHO Earth Week Fair, featuring student projects, performances, presentations, and a Voices for the Lake youth forum.

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  • Library ECHO Pass
    Two dollar admission to Lake Champlain Basin Vermont and New York library patrons, when they borrow the Pass from their local library, through October 31, 2006. The Pass will be distributed to 315 libraries serving over 500,000 residents.
  • MOBIUS Mentoring, Inc.
    Free admission for up to 300 children who participate in the MOBIUS Mentoring Movement, when accompanied by their mentor at the standard admission. This program runs for one year.

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  • Social Service Agency Vouchers
    Two dollar admission vouchers will be distributed by 99 regional social service agency partners to 5,500 youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged families. Vouchers are valid through December 31, 2006.

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  • Teacher and Teacher Ambassador Programs
    Free daily admission to Vermont and New York educators. Teachers who serve as a Teacher Ambassador — the liaison between ECHO and their school — will receive a free Family Annual Pass, with benefits of three free guests, and free admission to over 280 science museums.
  • Vermont and New York Resident Discount
    Two dollars off admission will be offered to everyone in a party that includes a resident of Vermont or New York. This program is funded through March 31, 2006.

  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is Vermont’s world-class Lake Aquarium and Science Center, on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features over 60 species of live fish, amphibians and reptiles, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits, and hosts traveling exhibits several times a year. The site also highlights the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial and heroic “Lone Sailor” statue. For more information on ECHO, visit our website at www.echovermont.org, call Toll-Free 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

 

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