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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Community survey offers direction for future

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 6, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.


SURVEY

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent community survey. Mail to or drop off at 204 N. Main St., Victoria no later than Aug. 31.

To take the Children's Discovery Museum survey online, click on the link.

1. How long have you lived in Victoria or the surrounding communities?

_ 0-3 years

_ 4-10 years

_ 11-29 years

_ 30+ years

What county do you live in?

2. What is your age?

_ up to 18 years old

_ 19-25

_ 26-35

_ 36-45

_ 46-55

_ 56-65

_ 66 or older

3. Do you have...?

_ Children

_ Grandchildren

_ Neither

4. How familiar are you with the Children's Discovery Museum?

_ Very familiar

_ Somewhat familiar

_ Completely familiar

5. The mission statement of the Children's Discovery Museum is to create dynamic educational experiences that foster lifelong learning for children and families through the joy of play. In your opinion, does the museum demonstrate a compelling mission in serving the community?

_ Yes

_ No

Reason for your answer?

6. Are you a past or current donor to the museum?

_ Yes

_ No

If yes, what makes you feel good about your financial support? If no, what is your reason for not supporting the museum?

7. If the museum added activities for children 9-12, would it help increase membership and use?

_ Yes

_ No

8. What priority, in terms of community need, would you place on a proposed capital campaign to secure a new building for the museum?

_ High priority

_ Moderate priority

_ Low priority

9. How would you respond to a proposed Children's Discovery Museum capital campaign as a means of generating funds to secure a new building?

_ In favor

_ Unsure

_ Not in favor

10. Do you believe the financial goal of a capital campaign to be attainable?

_ Yes

_ No

If no, why not?

ONLINE

To see the Children's Discovery Museum most recent Form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service, click on the link.

SOURCE: GUIDESTAR.COM

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent needs your help. Over the past year, the museum has faced some tough decisions, including closing its doors for a few months in 2012 to hiring a new director and remodeling to offer new exhibits.

Now, after serving the Crossroads for more than a decade, the museum is looking for direction as its current home goes up for sale. The building that currently houses the museum is owned by the Junior League of Victoria, which has allowed the museum to stay in the space rent-free since 2002. Now, the museums's lease is up in February 2014, and the Junior League needs to sell the building, according to the museum's executive director, Melissa Dixon. This leaves the museum with a few options, and it needs your help to decide which direction is the right one to take.

The Children's Discovery Museum has created an online survey for residents to fill out to help them decide their next move. Based on the level of interest and answers submitted by members of the community, the museum could begin a fundraising campaign to purchase its current location, find a new location or even turn the museum into a more mobile experience that can travel between schools and classrooms.

We encourage members of the Crossroads community to take a few minutes and answer the 10-question survey created by the Children's Discovery Museum. This museum has served Crossroads children for more than a decade, and we would like to see it continue to serve our area in whichever way best fits the needs of the museum and the communities it serves.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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