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Review for River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a resource teacher for our city's gifted and talented population, we are always struggling to find programs which are beneficial and affordable. Imagine our delight when EJ Abell volunteered for our students ro visit the River Heritage Museum! The students ranging from 4th-8th graders were greeted by three volunteers who were extremely prepared, organized, and well-versed. Since they divided the large group into three smaller ones, the students were able to learn a lot along with having their questions answered. The students also loved having the opportunity to use the simulator and creating an individual art project with Ms. Abell. The professionalism of the staff of the River Heritage Museum was above reproach! It was most rewarding to have the students and adults who attended this field trip be reminded of the importance the river industry has upon our lives. Paducah is very fortunate to have such an outstanding organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several I worked to introduce the "Adopt a Towboat" program in Paducah schools. Ken Wheeler who was instumental in the "Adopt a Towboat" program was also vitally interested in the River Heritage Museum and thus inspired me to take advantage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the staff to be as informative to casual visitors as it is to a scheduled group. The group leaders supplied much information that the ordinary citizen probably does not receive.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hands-on activities for adults and students are exciting and rewarding! It also great to have this opportunity when funds for trips are so limited.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Each staff member was extremely well-informed and sooo polite! They seemed to respect and value each of our students!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a larger facility and advertise more.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding! Money seems to be the issue for most non-profits and schools as well!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Visitors to Paducah should make every effort to visit and museum!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Client Served & I brought a group of students from our Gifted/Talented/Creative population who needed an experience to increase their awareness of the impact rivers have upon our city. Since these students were identified as also being talented in visual arts, a sessio.