Arlington planetarium gets $5,000 grant
EADS-North America has donated $5,000 to help save the David M. Brown Planetarium in Arlington. The donation from the aerospace and defense company based in Arlington brings the Friends of the Planetarium's fundraising to more than $120,000.
Arlington Superintendent Patrick Murphy proposed shuttering the facility and turning it into a classroom because of fiscal constraints on the school system last year.
The friends organization began a grass-roots campaign to save the planetarium. The group was charged by the superintendent and school board to raise more than $240,000 by December and a total of $402,000 by June to keep the 40-year-old planetarium's doors from closing.
The $402,000 figure is the estimated cost of replacing the dome, star projector and other aging parts of the facility.
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