Air museum receives $2,550 grant

RANTOUL — Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has awarded a $2,550 grant to Chanute Air Museum to develop educational programs utilizing flight simulation.

The grant has allowed the museum to purchase a computer, monitor, flight control yoke and rudder pedals to facilitate aviation education through flight simulation. A series of lesson plans using the new technology and geared toward elementary-age children was developed as a result of consultation with outside museum educators and pilot instructors.

“Education is an important part of the museum’s mission, and we have a responsibility to do the best we can,” Mark Hanson, museum curator, said. “Flight simulation is brand new for us and has really exciting educational potential.”

The museum plans to continue to expand its educational program and reach out to area schools as an available resource and collaborator, Hanson said.

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is a philanthropic organization created in 1972 to encourage and receive contributions establishing endowments for the long-term benefit of East Central Illinois. It supports and serves its donors by managing and administering endowed funds that have been donated for philanthropic purposes.

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