Wells Fargo Donates $10,000 To Oregon Coast Aquarium

February 07, 2006

More students will be able to learn about the mysteries of the deep blue sea, thanks to Wells Fargo and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The financial services company has donated $10,000 to the non-profit aquarium to support its onsite and outreach education programs during the 2005-2006 school year.

“We estimate nearly 25,000 students and teachers from throughout Oregon will benefit from our educational programs this year,” said Dale Schmidt, president of the aquarium. “We appreciate Wells Fargo’s generous support of this effort.”

Wells Fargo’s Pat Brooks, who manages the company’s Lincoln City banking store, presented the $10,000 gift to Schmidt. “It's wonderful to work for a company that gives so much back to its communities, especially to our children,” said Brooks. “Donations are only one way we support our communities. Our team members also volunteer their time and energies to a number of different local groups, including this aquarium. We form partnerships with these organizations because we feel we can accomplish more together than if we were each working on our own.”

All of the Aquarium’s educational programs and materials have been designed to address Oregon's Common Curriculum Goals and specific Benchmark Standards, offering over 30 different theater and laboratory programs from pre-K through Grade 12:

  • Lab programs offer opportunities for observing live animals, examining biofacts, problem-solving, and engaging in cooperative learning.
  • Theater programs introduce students to adaptations of marine invertebrates, bony fishes, sharks, and whales and rely heavily on audience participation.
  • Self-guided tours are available at all grade levels. Teaching materials are sent to every group that registers to visit, prepare students for their field trip and fit with a specific grade’s curriculum.
  • Home school days: Marine science learning stations are set up throughout the Aquarium, and home schooled participants can take part in interactive theater presentations and hands-on self-guided laboratory programs and observe scheduled animal feeds.
  • Statewide outreach: For fourteen weeks each year, the Aquarium's education specialists travel to schools throughout Oregon where they deliver marine science programs to approximately 10,000 students annually.
  • Auditorium programs focus on whales, sharks, seals and sea lions, and intertidal invertebrates for two specific age groups: preschool to grade 2 and grades 3 through 5.
  • Teacher’s Guides contain pre and post visit learning activities, is sent to each participating teacher prior to our education specialist’s visit to the classroom. Loan kits, which include biofacts, audiovisual aids, interactive props, games, and resource materials, are also available to teachers to reinforce the subject matter presented in the auditorium programs.

More than 400 schools and nonprofit groups throughout Oregon and southwest Washington received a total of $1.5 million in grants from Wells Fargo in 2005. The financial services company donated the funds to support a variety of educational, health, affordable housing, human services and arts and culture programs. Nationally, the company gave $95.2 million in 2005 to 15,000 schools and nonprofit organizations.

Nationally, a number of organizations in 2005 recognized Wells Fargo as one of the most generous corporations in America, including the Business Committee for the Arts, BusinessWeek magazine and Forbes magazine.