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Residents hope to save shuttered hands-on science center

Local residents have banded together to try to reopen a hands-on science center in North Carolina that abruptly closed last month

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Local residents have banded together to try to reopen a hands-on science center in North Carolina that abruptly closed last month.

Port Discover shut its doors on Aug. 31.

Russ Haddad, chairman of the center’s board of directors, said the agency didn’t have enough money to cover its operating costs.

The Daily Advance newspaper reports that a group of residents plans to meet with Haddad this week to learn whether and how the center can reopen.

Art Bergman called Port Discover “a jewel.” He said the center’s hands-on activities help children understand and enjoy science.

Haddad said the center needs more sustainable funding sources. He said it would take at least $30,000 more a year to keep it open.

Information from: The Daily Advance, http://www.dailyadvance.com/

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