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LEWISTON - More schoolchildren will have the opportunity to experience Museum L-A's hands-on learning classroom tool thanks to the generosity of United Insurance Parent Agency of Lewiston. The agency will sponsor a two-week rental of the Museum's Traveling Trunk for one class each month for 12 months. Teachers are urged to sign up soon as sponsorships will be awarded on a first-come basis.

Parent Agency Senior Vice President Ron Guerin offered to sponsor the Travel Trunk while spotting it at the Museum awaiting its next classroom trip. "I immediately saw its value as a teaching tool," Guerin said. "We are pleased to help the Museum get this out to more classrooms," he continued.

The Traveling Trunk is a colorful, portable trunk filled with activities, games, audio CD's, costumes and projects relating to the textile industry, child labor, and the Industrial Revolution. Most of the Trunk materials and activities are unique and designed by Museum L-A educators. The activities are coordinated with Maine Learning Results for grades 3-5 and meet many of the grade 6-8 descriptors. Its creation was made possible through a donation from the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club.

Teachers may reserve the Travel Trunk by contacting Museum L-A at 333-3881 or emailing Educator Joan Beal at