Children’s Museum Receives Tobacco Grant from Hunt Regional Healthcare

Mega Lung

Museum’s MEGALung Visits Hunt County Schools

The Children’s Museum’s MEGALung is traveling to schools throughout Hunt County.  As the recipient of a recent Tobacco Grant from Hunt Regional Healthcare, the Children’s Museum is bringing their one-of-a-kind lung to classrooms.  As part of the instruction, students have the opportunity to sit inside the 8 foot tall MEGALung.   Such lung diseases as cancer, emphysema, pneumonia, COPD, asthma, and bronchitis can be seen on the giant lung.  Instruction in the classroom includes the students’ ability to measure their oxygen level and blood pressure through using oximeters.

Through the lessons on maintaining healthy lungs, students learn that tobacco use, either inhaling, through secondhand smoke, or other products, is the top cause for not only lung, but also other types of cancers.  They learn that lung cancer has the highest occurrence of any cancer in Hunt County.  According to DataUSA, smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80 percent of deaths caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

“We hope that the impact of walking through the giant lung combined with the information on maintaining a healthy lung will make a lasting impression on the students.  We hope they will go home and share the information with their families,”  said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum.  “The funds from the Tobacco Grant are being used to improve the health in Hunt County.”

The MEGALung has also been taken to Health Fairs and schools in Fannin and Lamar counties.  For information on bring the giant lung to your school or event, call the Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.

Children’s Museum Annual Brunch with Santa

Brunch with Santa NTCM

Santa Claus will make a special stop at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum on December 1 from 9:30 to 11:30. Commerce Lil’ Angels will provide a pancake breakfast. Christmas crafts and, of course, pictures with Santa Claus, will make the event a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season.

“This is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season,” said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director. “It is exciting for us to see the children so happy with the excitement of Christmas.”

In addition to Brunch, several Christmas craft areas will entertain the children. They may make Christmas ornaments or have their face painted. They may even write a letter to Santa and mail it at the Children’s Museum. Children have the opportunity to play in all the exhibits. They can make bubbles in the Commerce Lil Angels Bubble Room, doctor the dogs in the Commerce Veterinary Clinic, buy groceries in the Brookshire’s Grocery exhibit, milk a cow, or play in any of the other play areas.

“This event has become a highlight for families in northeast Texas,” said Donna Tavener, Board President. “It is one of my favorite events of the year.”

Get ready for a picture with Santa, bring your wish list and say “hello” to jolly, old Saint Nick on December 1. Tickets for the event are $8.00 per person and are $10.00 at the door on the day of the event. For more information, call the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum at (903) 886-6055.

Children’s Museum Plans Three Fundraisers for September

August 11, 2018 | Commerce, TX

Chico’s in Rockwall partners with Charles Schwab & Co. -Greenville Independent Branch and Children’s Museum

After a summer that included over 7,500 visitors to the Children’s Museum, September will be a month of fundraisers for the local tourist attraction. The children are back in school, and major fundraisers will be the focus for the Children’s Museum.

Whether your interest is ladies’ fashions, a return on your donation, or a new car, the Children’s Museum has a fundraiser for you!

An exciting new fundraiser will be a Chico’s Style Show and Luncheon on September 14 from 12:00 to 1:30 at First Baptist Church in Commerce.  The fundraiser is sponsored by Charles Schwab & Co., – Greenville Independent Branch and Chico’s in Rockwall is coordinating the event.  “I have brought my grandson to the Children’s Museum for many years.  We just wanted to give something back,” said Millie Cundy from the Chico’s in Rockwall. Music for the style show will be provided by Marinell Turnage of Dallas; lunch will be provided by Webb Hill Country Club. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055.  Models include Jency Holbert, Brenda Estes, Leslie Killgore, Sarah Alderman, Mary Hendrix, Janet Peek, Gloria Matthews, Bonnie Hunter, Bethany Farmer, Enola Gay, Alicia Wittkof, and Kelsi Mahan.  Servers for the event are Wyman Williams, Gary Rusch, Darrek Ferrell, Charlie Alderman, Sam Walker, John Weatherford, and Gil Naizer.

North Texas Giving Day will be September 20, and it will be the fourth year for participation by the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum.  The day is an online giving event sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas.  Last year Communities Foundation of Texas added 2.85% to each donor’s gift. Although online giving begins at 6:00 AM on September 20, donors can bring donations to the Children’s Museum throughout the week.  Online giving donors may go to Amounts begin at $25.

So how would you like to win a new car?  Thanks to Britain Chevrolet in Greenville, the Children’s Museum is one of several non-profits participating in a chance for a new car.  Chance tickets are $2.00 and the drawing for the winner will be on December 17, 2018.  Money from the chance tickets are a donation to the Children’s Museum; Britain Chevrolet gets the publicity, and someone wins a new car. Chance tickets are now available at the Children’s Museum; chances will also be available at the Bois d’arc Bash. “I will be at the Bois d’Arc Bash with chances to win a car.  It would be so exciting if someone who got their chance from the Children’s Museum was the winner of the new Chevy Cruze,” said Leslie Killgore.  The winner will have the opportunity to pay for an upgrade on the car.

“We hope our supporters will participate at some level to help the Children’s Museum move into a stable future.  From a $2 chance on a car to a $35 ticket for the Chico’s Style Show to a larger donation on North Texas Giving Day, we need your participation,” said Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. Call the Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055 with any questions concerning the September fundraisers.