The grant will support the House’s education programs, benefiting elementary school students throughout Broward County.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 30, 2016) –Wells Fargo recently awarded a $15,000 grant to support education programs at the Historic Stranahan House Museum in South Florida.
The Museum serves more than 3,400 elementary school students each year by fulfilling Broward County’s fourth grade history requirement, providing tours of the House and lessons on vocabulary, the environment, civics, history, character development and more.
“One of the most effective ways that Wells Fargo can contribute to revitalizing and growing the economy is by investing in the education of our youth,” said Patrick G. Morris, Wells Fargo’s community affairs officer for South Florida. “We are proud to support the Stranahan House as they foster academic achievement for our students.”
Through a partnership with the Broward County Schools Board’s BECON TV channel, an additional 600 students participate in the Museum’s web-based distance learning program each year. The Museum produces three interactive programs which are broadcast directly into the classroom, reaching students who are unable to visit the House in person due to financial, geographic or physical constraints.
“One of our core values at Wells Fargo is giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Debra Vogel, senior vice president and wealth advisor at Wells Fargo and president of the Stranahan House board of directors. “The company’s corporate giving program provides millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits like the Stranahan House each year.”
In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $3.1 million to 268 nonprofits and schools across South Florida.
“In 1899, Ivy Cromartie came to the New River settlement to serve as the area’s first school teacher,” said April Kirk, executive director of the Historic Stranahan House Museum. “Though she only taught professionally for a year, she continued to fulfill her passion by providing informal lessons to the children of the Seminole Tribe. With this grant from Wells Fargo, we can carry on Ivy’s legacy by continuing to provide education to the children of our community.”
For more information about the Historic Stranahan House Museum, visit www.stranahanhouse.org.
About Historic Stranahan House and Museum
The Stranahan House was built in 1901, when Broward County was no more than a bleak southern frontier supposedly unsuited for human habitation. The existing residents were the Seminoles who traveled down the New River to Frank Stranahan’s trading post to do business. Over the years as Fort Lauderdale grew and developed, the house became a post office, boarding house, restaurant and home to the “Founding Father” and “First Lady” of Fort Lauderdale – Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Today it stands as the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale and an epicenter of Broward County’s long and fascinating history.