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Children's Museum announces TREKS initiative to tackle school budgets cuts

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Kindergartners from seven area counties will now be able to enjoy Wilmington's Children's Museum for free. The museum announced its TREKS initiative this morning. Mayor Saffo, District Attorney Ben David and New Hanover County school superintendent Al Lerch all took part in the event. TREKS stands for field Trips Reaching Every Kindergarten Student. The museum board raised enough money to provide free museum admission for kindergartners from New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Bladen, Duplin, Onslow and Columbus counties. The kids said there are lots of great things to discover at the museum. “It's fun to play with, and you shoot the cannon balls off the ship,” said Emma Henderson. Kindergartner Logan Pealer said, “We like put balls in there, and then count to three and press the button that shoots out.” The TREKS initiative is the museum's answer to school budget cuts that have tightened the belt on field trips.

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