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May 16, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg Receives Grant from the P&G Fund to Enhance History Education

Colonial Williamsburg will conduct a pilot program for 75 elementary and middle school teachers this fall in Ohio aimed at enhancing history education in Cincinnati-area schools. The intensive, hands-on workshop session is supported by a generous $25,000 grant from The P&G Fund of Procter & Gamble.

The pilot program will build on Colonial Williamsburg’s onsite, weeklong Teacher Institute in Williamsburg that strives to inspire teachers throughout the country and serves about 300 teachers on-site yearly. The Cincinnati initiative will allow Colonial Williamsburg to create an off-site workshop model that could potentially carry the Teacher Institute methodologies to thousands of teachers around the country annually. The P&G Fund’s support for the Cincinnati workshop is critical to this new initiative.

Using interdisciplinary techniques developed during the Teacher Institute summer training sessions, Colonial Williamsburg staff members will immerse the Cincinnati teachers in living history methods that will help to create dynamic learning experiences in the classroom. Peer teachers – graduates of the Teacher Institute – will serve as mentors as the participants debate the issues surrounding the American Revolution, construct biographies from primary historical documents and artifacts, and try on reproduction 18th-century clothing. The workshop will help teachers implement the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Social Studies.

After the intensive, one-day session Friday, Sept. 26, teachers will be ready to engage their students in the exploration of European and African economic, cultural and political heritages, while using techniques that develop students’ critical thinking skills through the use of primary source documents and artifacts.

“This pilot program will allow us to gauge the success of an intensified training session for teachers with a common regional interest,” said Richard McCluney, vice president of programs, productions and learning ventures, who oversees Colonial Williamsburg’s educational outreach initiatives including the Teacher Institute. “We are extremely pleased that The P&G Fund has made it possible to share our teaching techniques and the historical precedents for issues that face American society today.”

Carol Talbot, vice president and trustee of The P&G Fund, said, “We are pleased to provide support to Colonial Williamsburg. We believe this program not only provides perspective on our country's past but also essential context for students to consider the issues and events of our present and future."

The P&G Fund’s grant to support teacher training is the most recent in a long history. Since 1982, The P&G Fund has contributed $158,000 to Colonial Williamsburg, making the fund one of Colonial Williamsburg’s most generous corporate supporters.

Established in 1952, The P&G Fund manages philanthropic contributions on behalf of Procter & Gamble. In the past ten years, The P&G Fund has given over $138 million to education-related programs. For more information about Procter & Gamble and The P&G Fund's corporate citizenship, please visit www.pg.com.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg recently was recognized as the “Best Historic Site” by readers of Southern Living magazine for the seventh straight year. Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.org.

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