Tellus Science Museum meets 3M Foundation fundraising challenge

       Tellus Science Museum meets 3M Foundation fundraising challenge

PR Newswire

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., Dec. 26, 2012

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tellus Science
Museum announced it surpassed the $100,000 challenge issued by the 3M
Foundation for the museum's Vision for the Future campaign. The challenge
grant was matched dollar for dollar by 3M during a four-month period, raising
more than $200,000 toward the $1.2 million campaign.

"We are extremely grateful to 3M for this generous grant that recognizes and
supports the museum's vision to improve student achievement in science and
encourage young people to pursue degrees in science and engineering," said
Jose Santamaria, the museum's executive director. "We are also touched by the
hundreds of supporters who gave to the campaign during this challenge. Without
their help, this would not have been possible. It is immensely inspiring to
see such support from the communities we serve."

"Tellus is successfully committed to sparking interest in people of all ages,"
said Tracinda Yaw, Plant Manager, 3M Atlanta."From dinosaurs to an innovative
exhibit on the periodic table of the elements, visitors of all ages leave
understanding how science is part of everyday life. A dedicated cadre of
volunteers and staff ensure a truly memorable experience with every visit. 3M
is pleased to make this investment in Tellus to match the community's response
to the challenge."

In October 2012, the museum announced the Vision for the Future campaign to
rejuvenate the museumthrough special exhibition galleries, a three-year
schedule of special exhibitions, an upgraded planetarium projector, and
additional permanent interactive exhibits.

"With funding assistance from companies like 3M, the museum can continue to
deliver exceptional educational programming and enriching science experiences
for our youth," Santamaria said. "But the hard work isn't over yet. We still
have another $600,000 to go until we reach our overall goal."

To donate to the Vision for the Future campaign, visit

Tellus is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, just north of
Atlanta. For more information about Tellus Science Museum call 770-606-5700 or
visit or

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SOURCE Tellus Science Museum

Contact: Joe Schulman, Tellus Science Museum, +1-770-606-5732, or Jacqueline
Berry, 3M Public Relations, +1-651-733-3611
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