Adopt-a-Class and Free Fridays after 2 p.m.



    
    Ontario Science Centre launches two free access programs for students
    this fall
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Starting this September, the Ontario Science
Centre will be offering two new community access programs: Adopt-a-Class and
Free Fridays after 2 p.m. for students. These initiatives were developed to
give more young people access to the Ontario Science Centre during the
upcoming school year.

    Adopt-a-Class

    In this first pilot year, Adopt-a-Class will allow a select number of
school classes from among the Toronto District School Board's Model Schools
for Inner Cities project to attend the Ontario Science Centre, visit its
exhibition halls and participate in educational programs at no cost to the
school or families. Thanks to the program's founding partner Procter & Gamble
and the sponsorship of Amgen Canada, 75 classes in total (approximately 2,500
students) will be provided with these visits and transportation to and from
the Science Centre.
    "A field trip to the Science Centre is a full day of hands-on learning.
It's a chance for students and teachers to explore the world outside of the
classroom, sparking their curiosity and showing them how science can be
creative and engaging," said Catherine Paisley, Director of Science Education.
"Programs like Adopt-a-Class reach out to those children who otherwise would
not have a chance to come."

    Free Fridays after 2 p.m.

    Ontario youth will also be eligible for a special offer that is new this
year - Free Fridays after 2 p.m. Starting this fall, general admission for all
secondary school students will be free on Friday afternoons after 2 p.m.
Students must present a valid student ID card in order to qualify. All
experiences included in general admission will be available to these youth,
including daily demonstrations and the Weston Family Innovation Centre.
    Free Fridays after 2 p.m. will continue until the end of June 2010 and is
valid for free general admission only. It does not include admission to
Shoppers Drug Mart(R) OMNIMAX(R) Theatre and special exhibitions. This program
is not valid during the December holiday period, March break or statutory
holidays.
    These initiatives are part of the Science Centre's commitment to making
our engaging experiences accessible to young people and underserved groups. In
2008, over 60,000 individuals were able to visit the Science Centre through
one of our Community Access Initiatives.

    
    -  Community Access Coupons: Discounted admission ($2 for adults, free
       for children) for individuals and groups affiliated with the United
       Way or other eligible service agencies such as Moorelands, Covenant
       House, Yonge Street Mission, Woodgreen and University Settlement.

    -  Memberships and camps admissions: Through donor support, the Science
       Centre has made a number of Youth and Family Memberships, admission
       passes and summer camp enrolments available to neighbourhood families
       through local schools in the Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park areas.

    -  Cultural Access Pass: Free one-year admission to six cultural
       organizations including the Science Centre for new Canadians sworn in
       at Toronto Citizenship Ceremonies, through a program spearheaded by
       the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

    -  Museum Arts Pass: Free passes from select Toronto Public Libraries in
       the city's 13 priority neighbourhoods. The passes are "borrowed" just
       like a library book and allow families and individuals to visit
       cultural attractions they might not otherwise be able to afford.

    -  Relax, Recharge & Renew - Through Tourism Toronto's Relax, Recharge &
       Renew program, the Science Centre provides free passes to parents of
       children with special needs in Toronto, Mississauga and York Regions.
       Each month, this program provides selected parents with an all-
       expenses paid weekend in the city and arranges respite care in a
       registered facility for their child.
    

    As a major cultural organization, the Ontario Science Centre plays a
vital role within its community. With support from corporations, foundations
and individuals, the Science Centre ensures its programs are accessible to a
diverse audience, including its neighbours in nearby Flemingdon Park and
Thorncliffe Park.

    About Procter & Gamble:

    Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around
the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted,
quality, leadership brands, including Pampers(R), Tide(R), Always(R),
Pantene(R), MACH3(R), Bounty(R), Pringles(R), Folgers(R), Charmin(R),
Downy(R), Iams(R), Crest(R), Oral-B(R), Actonel(R), Duracell(R), Olay(R), Head
& Shoulders(R), Wella, Gillette(R), and Braun. The P&G community consists of
over 135,000 employees working in over 80 countries worldwide. P&G is the
leading consumer products company in Canada with over $2.9 billion in annual
sales. Please visit www.pg.ca for the latest news and in-depth information
about P&G and its brands.

    About Amgen Canada:

    Amgen Canada Inc. is the Canadian affiliate of Amgen Inc. Amgen
discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics.
A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to
realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines
from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed
the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the
fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious
illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen
remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.
To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit
www.amgen.ca.

    About the Ontario Science Centre:

    The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40 million
visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for thousands of science
centres around the world that have been built since its inception.
    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world around them. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency
of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Christine Crosbie, Media
Relations Officer, (416) 696-3191, christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca; Ellen Flowers,
Media Relations Officer, (416) 696-3154, ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca


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