Thursday, March 31, 2011

Seaport, Whitney's Partner on Scholarships

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has partnered with Whitney’s Auto Group of Montesano to raise scholarship funds for Grays Harbor and Pacific County public school students. During the month of April only, for every person who visits Whitney’s Chevrolet, Aberdeen Honda, or Whitney’s Value Ford, and says, “I'm here to take a test drive for the kids," Whitney’s Auto Group will sponsor one student for a Voyages of Discovery educational program aboard Lady Washington or Hawaiian Chieftain.

Every “test drive for the kids” at Whitney’s Chevrolet, Aberdeen Honda or Whitney’s Value Ford helps match a four-year, $425,000 grant by the Seattle-based Magic Cabinet Foundation. The MCF grant funds 85 percent of the cost of the program for “economically challenged” public schools designated “Title I” by the U.S. Department of Education. The Whitney’s Auto Group contribution provides the balance of the program cost, which means the program is free to the schools and the students.

“We are pleased that a prominent and community-minded local business like Whitney’s has stepped up to help us provide free shipboard education programs to local students,” said Les Bolton, GHHSA executive director. “Whitney’s Auto Group has a long history of supporting our programs and local education.”

Other individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring a student or a classroom are encouraged to contact Roxie Underwood, Historical Seaport programs manager, 360-532-8611,

The Voyages of Discovery education program invites students aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship under sail. The program is at the core of the Historical Seaport mission, which is to promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation while serving the needs of the community. Grays Harbor public school educators interested in signing up for a program should contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239,

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