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June 9, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series presented to Henrico’s Pinchbeck Elementary in honor of Master Pools Guild Inc.

On behalf of Master Pools Guild Inc., Colonial Williamsburg has presented Pinchbeck Elementary in Henrico with an Electronic Field Trip series for the 2010 – 2011 school year as part of a new scholarship incentive program.

Companies that hold a meeting in any of Colonial Williamsburg’s 67,000 square feet of function space are given an Electronic Field Trip Series scholarship for a school in the district in which the company is located or has an interest in helping. The scholarship is available to any organization that holds a meeting with a minimum of 50 room nights and is given to the school by Colonial Williamsburg in the name of the organization. In a time when virtually every school district in America is struggling with finding creative ways to motivate and engage students in spite of declining budgets, the scholarships allow companies to give to schools in their own communities in a truly meaningful way.

“Master Pools Guild is pleased that Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series has been presented to Pinchbeck Elementary School,” said Dick Covert, executive director, Master Pools Guild. “Holding our meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge helps support Colonial Williamsburg’s educational mission, and this scholarship presented in our name allows us to help a school located right across the street from our office.”

Master Pools Guild Inc. was formed in 1962 by a small group of quality independent pool building craftsmen who realized the potential of sharing ideas and pooling their buying power. Today, the guild provides a forum for members to share building techniques, technology and creative design ideas in their continuous pursuit of building the world's finest pools. Master Pools Guild members follow a code of ethics relating to integrity, good business practices and respect for the rights of clients, employees and suppliers. The guild has evolved into a global network clients can trust for quality and value from every member worldwide.

The new scholarship program expands Colonial Williamsburg’s education outreach, teaching students that the people who founded our country followed a dream for liberty that resulted in a new nation – people very much like the students themselves, from diverse religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds, people who stood for freedom and were willing to stand up for it.

Colonial Williamsburg’s seven electronic field trips are broadcast one Thursday of every month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television and cable channels across the country. Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of productions, publications and learning ventures, the distance learning programs explore a range of historical subjects and time periods, from the colonial period to the modern day.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s webite at Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs and its mission “that the future may learn from the past.”

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