Last year, Ormond Beach philanthropists Lowell and Nancy Lohman made a gift to Volusia County Schools that would enable every fifth and eighth grader in the district to attend a day of science education at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Their $340,000 donation to the FUTURES Foundation for VCS will allow about 10,000 students a year until the 2023-2024 school year to take part in this experience, and on Friday, Sept. 9, 100 students from Ormond Beach Middle School did just that.
According to the district, the Lohman’s Museum of Arts and Sciences Field Study helps prepare students for the Florida Standards Alternate Assessments. The Lohmans' donation covers the museum admission fees, instruction and all transportation.
"It's amazing," Lowell Lohman said. "Over the three-year period, they're going to have been 30,000 students that have come through here."
He hinted that they likely would commit themselves to keeping the field study program going after the current donation dollars are used.
"It's so important to us that this is a field study program, not a field trip — that all students get to come on this field study," Nancy Lohman said. "That no child is left behind, so to speak."