Toronto - The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) welcomes its newest educational supporters - Citi Foundation, Gap Inc., Kraft Canada, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life - who have generously contributed to the ROM School Visits Bursary Program. Established two years ago with the ongoing support of the HSBC Student Bursary Program, the ROM School Visits Bursary Program offers students from at-risk areas within the Toronto District School Board the opportunity to visit the Museum and participate in one of the educational programs free of charge. Already more than 2,800 students and teachers have been given free access to experience the ROM’s programs. With this growing support from donors, the ROM hopes to eventually expand this to 20,000 spaces per year.

“We are really pleased by the generous support of these companies to help us reach out to young people who would otherwise be unable to visit the ROM,” said Julian Kingston, Director of Education and Programming. “The feedback from students and teachers has been extremely positive and we look forward to welcoming more students this coming school year.”

The Toronto District School Board, working closely with ROM staff, identifies schools that would benefit from a waived fee for one of the ROM’s diverse programs. The School Visits Bursary Program includes admission, tours of the galleries and interactive activities that correspond to the school’s curriculum, and access to the Museum’s 30,000 square-foot Learning Centre on Level 1B that is used for workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on creative experiences for thousands of students.

The ROM, one of Canada’s largest extra-curricular educators, offers a diverse School Visits Program aimed at enhancing the understanding and appreciation of art, history, cultures and science through creative and interactive activities. The ROM welcomes more than 150,000 students each year from more than 4,000 schools locally, nationally and internationally. During weekdays, up to 2,000 students from elementary schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions visit the Museum. For more information on the ROM School Visits Program, please visit: