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State Farm Insurance gives check for Renfrew program

June 05, 2005

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - State Farm Insurance Co. has provided underwriting support for Renfrew Institute's environmental education program, Marvin Visits Earth, for the 2004-05 program year.

Since 2001, State Farm has supported this first-grade experience in which children meet puppet character Marvin, who launches them on a quest in search of the four things necessary for life on planet Earth.

Following a trail of stars, students learn the distinctions between living and nonliving things, and then make discoveries that lead them to soil, air, water and sun. At each stop along the way, they experience hands-on activities that help then understand the concepts of soil creation, air exchange, the water cycle and sun as the source of energy for living things on earth.

Upon the retirement of long time Renfrew Institute supporter, State Farm agent Joann Hersh, new agent Chad Slimmer, of the Waynesboro office, indicated he was pleased to continue his company's commitment to investing in the community where his customers live and work, according to a prepared release.

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"I enjoy seeing children learning new things, especially about our environment," he said in the release. "Marvin is a great program because it's really educational, while being a lot of fun for the kids."

Renfrew Institute is a nonprofit educational organization providing environmental education programs to area children. The institute also interprets an 1800s Pennsylvania German farmstead. During the 2003-04 season, 9,988 students from throughout the region participated in institute programs, and nearly 1,000 experienced the Marvin Visits Earth program.

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