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Three Rivers Children's Museum may close due to lack of funds

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PASCO, Wash. -- The Three Rivers Children's Museum is in danger of closing it's doors due to lack of funding and it's big move.

"The way we keep our doors open is through memberships, admissions through the door, and contributions people make through tax deductibles... We try to go out and seek larger revenue, but that is a little bit difficult during these economic times," says Cindy Morris the President of the Board of Directors for the museum.

The museum moved across the street after the expansion of Charter College.  "when we moved, we had to redo the floors, and get new plumbing.  We weren't able to open for approximately a month while still having to pay staff, it cost us almost $10,000," says Jolene Hatkey, the Executive Director.

The Board of Directors will meet in January to decide what they will do.

Parents are upset that the doors may close.  "The community would be at a loss if this place wasn't here anymore...and just in the Tri-Cities, there's not enough places to bring kids, and its one of the things that makes the community special," says Jason Hart.

The museum is accepting donations and is hoping for a sponsorship from local physicians.  They fall about $2,000-$3000 short each month.
 To make a donation, stop by the place or mail your checks to:

5220 Outlet Dr Pasco, WA 99301-8969 (509) 543-7866