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Cleveland Zoological Society Receives $50,000 Pledge from The Lubrizol Foundation

CLEVELAND – October 26, 2012

On Monday, October 22, 2012, The Lubrizol Foundation committed a two-year, $50,000 in support of a new Zoo Education & Workforce Development initiative championed by the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This gift will ensure students from underserved communities throughout the region - especially those from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, are able to participate in hands-on field learning opportunties at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The Cleveland Zoological Society’s Zoo Education & Workforce Development fund is designed to remove barriers to Zoo education programming for our region’s underserved youth by providing transportation vouchers and program scholarships. “Our region is facing a critical workforce issue and the Zoo is ready to help.” said Mike Vaughn, co-chair of the Zoo Society’s Education & Workforce Development Committee and Vice President of Operations for The Lubrizol Corporation. “Young people have a natural curiousity for the world around them and the Zoo is a teriffic resource to engage students in science learning while taking full advantage of the natural curiousity they have for the animals in the Zoo’s collection. Reaching these students early is key. Research suggests that capturing students interest by the eighth grade can more than double the likelihood that they’ll pursue higher education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.”

“At Cleveland Metroparks Zoo we’re not only helping teachers and students meet state requirements for math and science, we’re helping students to be lifelong learners.” said Vicki Searles, Curator of Education for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. “We use an inquiry-based approached to teaching that challenges students to ask questions, make observations, record information and collaborate with others to find answers. Inquiry-based learning helps students develop critical thinking skills, communication skills and a whole host of valuable workforce skills but it’s also a fun hands-on approach.”

The region’s corporate community has embraced this initiative. Eaton Corporation joined this effort early with a two-year challenge grant to help the Zoo increase participation in education programs by 20%. With this gift from The Lubrizol Foundation, the Cleveland Zoological Society has exceeded the $250,000 goal for year one of this challenge. In addition to support from Eaton Corporation and The Lubrizol Foundation, significant gifts have been received from PNC Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Nan Cohen & David J. Abrams Philanthropic Fund, Conway Family Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Parker Hannifin Foundation, Third Federal Foundation, Forest City Enteprises, Medical Mutual of Ohio, The Sherwin-Williams Company, AAA East Central, Berlin Family Education Fund and the PPG Industries Foundation.

The Lubrizol Foundation, established in 1952, recognizes employee’s volunteer activities and supports its corporate interests and values. The Lubrizol Foundation makes grants in support of education, health care, human services, civic, cultural, youth and environmental activities of a tax-exempt, charitable nature. Priority is given to the greater Cleveland, Ohio and Houston, Texas areas.

In addition to these activities, The Foundation administers The Lubrizol Matching Gift Program and Community Connection, an employee volunteer recognition program.

The Cleveland Zoological Society advocates for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as a leading civic asset and philanthropic priority. The public / private partnership supports education, conservation and capital improvements at the Zoo, with a focus on innovation and excellence.

The Zoo and Zoo Society share a mission to create compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.

For More Information Contact:
Brendan Reynolds
(216) 661.6500 x4420