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Computer Associates and the Long Island Children's Museum Mark the Third Year of KICKStart - a Groundbreaking Program for Underserved Children

Submitted by: CA Technologies

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: May 23, 2000 – 12:00 AM EST

 

GARDEN CITY, N.Y, May 23 /CSRwire/ - GARDEN CITY, N.Y. & ISLANDIA, N.Y. - Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA) and the Long Island Children's Museum (LICM) today marked the end of the third year of KICKStart, a groundbreaking community initiative designed to address critical social and educational needs in four traditionally underserved Long Island communities.

Since KICKStart was launched in 2002 with a $5 million CA grant to the LICM, the program has enhanced education, strengthened community relations and resulted in more than 20,000 museum visits. KICKStart serves pre-school, second, and third grade students and families from Central Islip, Hempstead, Roosevelt and Wyandanch. In 2003-2004, the program was expanded to include third graders.

KICKStart goals are to:

 

  • Increase access to, and awareness of, museums and other informal learning institutions for families who are traditionally underserved by cultural institutions;

     

     

  • Increase parental involvement in children's learning; and

     

     

  • Increase exposure to hands-on, inquiry-based, exploratory activities for children in underserved populations.

     

    "CA and LICM launched this endeavor three years ago to address the educational and social needs of these four communities," said Anne Marie Agnelli, director of community relations and public affairs at CA. "We are proud of the many achievements in education and in the community that have resulted from the partnership between CA and LICM. The program stands as an innovative and sustainable model of public and private collaboration."

    As part of KICKStart, students receive multiple visits to the Museum during the school year, membership cards to LICM, t-shirts, transportation and community night parties. To celebrate the end of the school year, and the third year of KICKStart, LICM is hosting four Community Nights in June for students and their families.

    "Through CA's visionary support, LICM is able to provide students and their families with greater access to the museum," said LICM President Robert S. Lemle. "By working together, we are bringing young people to LICM and bringing LICM into their classrooms. We are exposing increasing numbers of children to new opportunities and experiences and in doing so are broadening their horizons. KICKStart is a landmark nonprofit-corporate partnership. Together, we are changing lives."

    About CA

    Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE:CA), one of the world's largest management software companies, delivers software and services across operations, security, storage, life cycle and service management to optimize the performance, reliability and efficiency of enterprise IT environments. Founded in 1976, CA is headquartered in Islandia, N.Y., and serves customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, please visit www.ca.com.

    About the Long Island Children's Museum

    Long Island Children's Museum (LICM) is a learning laboratory where hands-on exhibits invite visitors to experiment, examine and play. Through lively interdisciplinary activities, children and adults can share in the excitement of the learning process as they explore the world in which we live. The museum is designed for infants through 12 AND their grownups. LICM is a not-for-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. For more information, please visit www.licm.org.

    © 2005 Computer Associates International, Inc. One Computer Associates Plaza, Islandia, N.Y. 11749. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

    Interviews available.
    Media invited to the LICM in June to observe KICKStart class visits and to attend LICM Family Nights.

    Lynne Mahoney, CA, 631-342-2973, cell: 631-848-0069, lynne.mahoney@ca.com
    Maureen P. Mangan, LICM, 516-224-5828, mmangan@licm.org

  • For more information, please contact:

    Lynne Mahoney Computer Associates
    Phone: +1-631-342-2973
    Maureen P. Mangan Long Island Children's Museum
    Phone: +1-516-224-5828

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