Hands On! announces new officers, exhibits

Hands On! dental exhibit

Press release from Hands On! Children’s Museum:

The Board of Directors of Hands On! Children’s Museum in downtown Hendersonville has announced new officers. Serving as co-chairs of the board are Rhonderia Waters, Assistant Vice President of First Citizens Bank, and Sharon Campbell, Human Resources Director of AdventHealth Hendersonville. Treasurer is Jeremy Naess of Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. These three will serve as the Executive Committee from now until February 2022. Jan Witte will continue as Secretary to the Board. Anne McClintic is Past Chairperson.

Other members of the board are Barbi Brittain, Tori Frees, Colleen Hobbick, Vincent Pizzo, Monica Griffin, Kaye Youngblood, and Executive Director Joseph Knight, Ex-Officio Member.

Located at 318 N. Main Street, Hands On! Children’s Museum encompasses over 4,000 square-feet of interactive exhibits that focus on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Culture. Since its opening in 2007, the museum has welcomed more than 350,000 people of all ages from Western North Carolina and beyond. Parents, grandparents, and, of course, children come to learn and be entertained every month of the year.

A 16-foot-long Triceratops dinosaur, installed last spring in the large window of the recent addition and new entrance of the museum, cuts a striking figure along the Main Street sidewalk, inviting curious youngsters inside to explore and learn from the 15 exhibit zones at Hands On. The board and new officers will oversee several new strategic initiatives in the coming months.

“The experience, professional drive, proven leadership skills, and community spirit of the new officers and continuing board of directors will serve the organization well, especially as we move into a busy year of expansion and growth,” said Joseph Knight, Executive Director. “We look forward to adding several more children’s exhibits and will soon unveil long-range plans for facility expansion. This is an exciting time for the organization and the community as we enter the museum’s thirteenth year.”

The Little Tooth Dental Clinic, a recently added exhibit complete with an authentic dentist chair and common dental equipment and lighting, allows children to pretend to be a dentist or a patient. The play-space exhibit informs about tooth and dental care, and often helps allay the fears of nervous young patients when making a visit to a “real” dentist. The exhibit is made possible by Reid & Reid Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Upcoming supportive events underway at Hands On are the 2nd Annual Wonder Gala, a fundraising gala at Point Lookout Winery on Saturday, March 28, and the 9th Annual Mighty Mud Run and Festival on Saturday, May 30.

Hands On! Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which provides children and families with “hands on” educational exhibits and science programs that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. For more information visit the website at www.handsonwnc.org, follow it on Facebook, or phone 828-697-8333.

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