Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to Provide Free Bussing for Local School Districts

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (Jan. 4, 2006) – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage announced today it received funds from an anonymous donor to cover the cost of bussing students from the Cleveland Municipal School District and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District to the Maltz Museum for school field trips.

The donation covers transportation costs for a total of approximately 50 buses for the Cleveland Municipal School District and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools. The program begins in January and will continue until the funds are exhausted.

“These funds make it possible for students in districts with little money available for field trips to come to the Maltz Museum,” said Lynda A. Bender, Director of Education and Public Programs, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. “The Museum tells the American story of how immigrants built a new life in a new land while maintaining their cultural identity, a story that resonates with people of all backgrounds and religious faiths. It is our hope that students and teachers from across the community will find their own stories here.”

The Maltz Museum offers field trips for students in grades K-12 on topics such as immigration and Cleveland history, tolerance and the Holocaust.  All programs are designed to address Ohio State learning standards in social studies, language arts and other academic subjects. School tours are available Monday through Friday, are led by Museum volunteers and last approximately one hour. Reservations are required.

In addition, the Museum will host an Open House for all area educators interested in learning how Maltz Museum educational programs can enrich elementary, middle and high school curriculum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006. The event is free, but reservations are required.

For more information about the Maltz Museum’s education programs or to register for the Educator Open House, please call 216.593.0575.