The South Carolina State Museum recently entered into a partnership with and received a $100,000 donation from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. in Columbia.
The funding will support the museum's education program, through which more than 65,000 students each year receive free admission to the museum. The program also offers hands-on educational resources to educators all over the state and field trips for students who visit the museum.
"We’ve established strong partnerships with local schools and nonprofit organizations to help ensure students become well-rounded citizens and with the skills necessary to compete in a global economy,” Colonial Life CEO and President Tim Arnold said. “This investment aligns with the company’s focus on cultivating tomorrow’s leaders and providing enrichment opportunities in the local community.”
Rob Quell, a director of acquisition services at Colonial Life and a State Museum Foundation board member, said he has memories of visiting the museum as a child.
“The ability of the State Museum to offer interactive learning with exhibits like the observatory and planetarium is a great way to make sure that younger generations are engaged and excited to learn about our past, present and future," he said.
Colonial Life contributed nearly $1.5 million in 2014 to nonprofits across the region.
“Our employees demonstrate their commitment to community service by giving of their time, talents and hard-earned financial resources,” Arnold said. “We love contributing to charitable causes, but we love to see our employees take vital leadership roles in their communities even more.”