ARLINGTON, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, awarded a $1 million grant to The Army Historical Foundation to help build the National Museum of the United States Army’s Experiential Learning Center, a unique state-of-the-art interactive resource area featuring geography, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (G-STEM) educational programs for middle and high school students. The National Army Museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va. More than 750,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum annually, including many families and school groups.
“Coca-Cola’s iconic role as an important World War II morale builder at home and throughout the European and Pacific theaters is legendary”
“Coca-Cola’s iconic role as an important World War II morale builder at home and throughout the European and Pacific theaters is legendary,” said MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.), Executive Director of the Museum’s capital campaign, in announcing the gift. “We appreciate The Coca-Cola Foundation’s generosity as much today as the War Department appreciated Coca-Cola’s wartime effort to ensure Coke was accessible to our troops.”
The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) invites visitors to take part—and be trained in—real-world Army simulations. Upon entering the ELC, participants will be briefed on their mission, proceeding step-by-step with virtual Army representatives to complete their task. Completion of the mission will be followed by a debrief, evaluating participants’ actions throughout the operation. Though targeted primarily to students, the simulations will include interactive components suitable for all age groups.
“One of our Foundation priorities is to build sustainable communities through unique education and enrichment opportunities,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. “Through this grant to the National Museum of the United States Army, we not only support an interactive learning experience, but we continue to honor our nation’s heroes.”
In awarding the grant, The Coca-Cola Foundation enjoys the distinction of being the first non-defense-related organization entered in the Museum’s Five-Star Circle of Distinction reserved for donors of $1 million or more.
For more information on the Foundation and the National Museum of the United States Army, visit www.armyhistory.org.