PNC Donates $40,000 for BayMobile, Marine Science Traveling Classroom at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
June 24, 2013
The PNC Foundation recently donated $40,000 to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) Foundation to fund BayMobile, the traveling marine science classroom that visits school groups throughout the state of Alabama.
In 2012, BayMobile visited 53 schools, reaching some 12,880 students throughout the entire state. Most of these schools are Title I, in which a significant portion of the student body receives free or reduced price lunches.
Marine educators traveling via BayMobile taught curricula about Alabama’s marine flora and fauna, oil and oil spills, watersheds, medicines from the sea, and the use of GPS systems in scientific research.
“We are so appreciative to PNC for supporting this innovative and effective travelling science classroom,” said Helene Hassell, DISL Foundation’s Executive Director. “Through BayMobile, the Sea Lab can teach students about the importance of environmental stewardship and the connected nature of Alabama’s watershed system. These students may not live near our coast, but will have the memorable experience of having the coast brought to them.”
“PNC’s support of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab reflects our commitment to funding quality programs that expand access to science education for children throughout South Alabama,” said Cedric Hatcher, PNC regional president, Gulf Coast. “The BayMobile gives children who are unable to travel to the Sea Lab’s location an opportunity to explore marine science in an engaging and accessible environment.”
The PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.