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Letter: Buffalo Museum of Science is part of the resurgence

I commend The Buffalo News in recognizing the tremendous renaissance underway on Buffalo’s East Side, coming as a result of years of investment and effort from our city and state, visionary business people, and committed private citizens (“East Side on the Rise,” Feb. 10).

I would urge that The Buffalo News add the Buffalo Museum of Science to its list of notable development projects.

With the July 2018 re-opening of the Kellogg Observatory, and thanks to support from public sectors leaders and generous individuals and organizations throughout the region, the museum is a revitalized, contemporary place of learning and discovery.

Having opened our doors in our current location in what is now Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in 1929, in January we celebrated our 90th anniversary as a proud resident of Buffalo’s East Side. Today, we are striving to play a heightened role in the rise of our East Side neighborhood. With enterprises such as our privately-funded Neighbor Pass, a $10 annual museum membership for families living in the zip codes adjacent to the park; our Teen STEM Initiative, a Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation-funded program that draws participants primarily from the East Side and encourages young people traditionally under-represented in STEM careers to pursue STEM education and professions; and serving as lead content provider for the Strong Community School’s Saturday Academy at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School, the Buffalo Museum of Science is in many ways demonstrating our commitment to our community.

With a focus on helping all visitors build skills in asking questions, making connections, and thinking critically, the Buffalo Museum of Science is yet another robust East Side institution contributing to the workforce readiness of Buffalo’s citizens and the advancement of our region.

Marisa Wigglesworth

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