Education was the theme of the 2014 Butterfly Pavilion Gala event and with that in mind, organizers selected Superintendent Pam Swanson to deliver the keynote address at Saturday’s dinner and reception.
Swanson, who also sits on the Pavilion’s Council for Strategic Growth, knows first- hand what a difference the Butterfly Pavilion makes for children in District 50.
“The Pavilion offers what educators value so very much -- A Hands On -- interactive approach to learning,” she said. “Nothing compares to the look on a child’s face when they are exposed to something brand new … even better when they can see, touch and feel it.”
Swanson compared the kind of learning students get at the Pavilion to what they learn at a STEM school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. “Our message to students is that that science, research and discovery are not only important in terms of career choices, but it is relevant to their everyday lives,” she said.
In 2013, the Butterfly Pavilion awarded field trip and class scholarships to nearly 9,000 students, many of them from District 50.
This year’s gala raised about $75,000 for the Pavilion’s scholarship program.