At the latest Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors work session, the executive director of the Mississippi Children's Museum- Meridian project addressed the board about funding. The community has been taking part in the Take Flight Mississippi Challenge since April, in which they have a goal of raising $1,000,000 that's still needed for the project. Executive Director Liz Wilson said the community has already raised $230,000, and she hopes the board will consider helping in this fundraiser. Also, for the months of June and July, local businesses will be participating in a Point-of-Purchase donation program, where they will encourage customers to purchase a pinup airplane for a $1 or more donation to the project. Some businesses will also offer specific promotions, such as: tip to donate nights, percentage of proceeds days, special events, and other creative ways to participate in the Take Flight Mississippi campaign.
Wilson said once the museum is built, they are anticipating around 51,000 visitors per year. “Children’s Museums across the country are helping bolster our education system with inquiry-based learning and with early childhood development skills. So many children, communities, families, and school systems don’t have the resources to bolster these early learning skills," said Wilson. Depending on how much more money is raised, she said construction could begin as early as the fall, with a fourteen to eighteen month construction period.