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CATS museum holds great promise, so please help out

Jun 13, 2014 - Marilyn and Phil Lavoie, Riverton


CATS in Riverton? If this doesn't sound exciting, it should. Riverton is very fortunate to have a talented group of people, headed by Dr. Nance Shelsta and retired schoolteachers, all excited and interested in teaching and having fun in a worthwhile project.

Their interest with this new venture is sure to stimulate young minds to have a place for the young to go see and learn about exciting educational things of our world.

The new venture is a museum called CATS, short for Central Wyoming Children's Center for Arts, Technology and Science.

CATS is a non-profit organization. It will provide a destination in which children, accompanied by an adult, can explore, learn and interact in activities that will enhance their understanding of work, technology and science.

CATS will provide varied activities and programs, including a site for birthday parties along with all the activities of the museum, and a gift shop selling educational items, books and games.

The museum's elements are in various stages of completion, with some of the most amazing, fun and incredible things for young minds to experience. The project is scheduled to open shortly, but planners are looking for extra hands to help with a variety of things to help finish the museum.

If you have a talent, or just a to desire to be involved, help in any way would be appreciated. They're looking both for workers and individuals or businesses or organizations that might make a donation to the museum. The museum is working to acquire some grants. In the meantime, planners are in need of some extra funds.

There are a few things they are looking for, including a tandem bicycle. They have a skeleton that will "ride" the bicycle with youngsters so they can see how the human body works as it pedals. Worth your time to see.

They have the Riverton Modelers Park involved with demonstrations of different aerodynamics and also displays of water wonders. There will be displays to show the ecosystem and how it works in our lives from the beginning to the end results, from the mountain drainage to the marketplace, and into our home lives. There also will be a reading center, giant bubbles and so much more.

We can't begin to tell you about all the fun and excitement that your young ones can experience, but the ultimate goal is to create excitement and desire in little minds to explore the wonders of our world. CATS will be a wonderful place to begin this adventure, and planners are asking for you to be just as excited and help any way you can. Children are future.

We hope to see you and your friends at the museum building on South Third East, across from the Gem Theater, with all your enthusiasm, ideas, and maybe your willingness to get involved. We know the children of this county will greatly benefit from this program.

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