PEORIA (WEEK) — The Peoria Riverfront Museum is ringing in the new school year with new perks for Central Illinois students.
As part of the ‘Every Student Initiative’, students in qualified districts can see the ‘T-Rex The Ultimate Predator’ exhibit for free.
“This is a big deal for our school children to be able to see an exhibition which was in New York City for two years,” president and CEO John Morris said.
Students in grades K-8 from Peoria Public Schools and East Peoria Elementary School District 86 are included.
“Every Student” also gives them a year-long, $150-value student and family fun pass that provides free access to exhibitions, shows, and giant screen theater films.
PPS superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said this program brings fun and excitement to student’s education.
“It captivates children’s attention,” Desmoulin-Kherat said. “That’s one of the primary things that’s needed in order to teach. In order to get their attention, you first have to captivate them, and what’s here that doesn’t do that?”
The exhibit is in Peoria on the second stop of its world tour. Visitor Debra Kiel came all the way from Champaign with her five year old grandson.
“He will probably share with all of his buddies that he came to the t-rex exhibit because he actually got to learn and touch bones and different things like that. So we will come back.”
“T-rex The Ultimate Predator” is on display in Peoria until January 2022.
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