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“We talked a letter-writing campaign and other things, but when we learned they were trying to build a children’s museum, I just thought, `Wouldn’t it be great if they could have the same thing we have?’” he said.

A dollar from each admission fee collected at that museum and two others in Grand Rapids last Saturday will be donated to the Everwonder project.

Dean contacted the Association of Children’s Museums, which launched a national effort. Museums are being asked to set aside one day this year and donate $1 from each admission that day to Everwonder. Chiriatti said she has already heard from four _ the Children’s Museum of Brownsville, in Texas; the Seattle Children’s Museum; the Tucson Children’s Museum, in Arizona; and the Bucks County Children’s Museum, in Pennsylvania.

She said they are hoping to raise all they need without seeking any money from an $8.5 million fund set up by the United Way to support the community after the massacre.

“They need to identify where that money is really needed, what is most important,” she said. “If they need a counseling center, that should be where that money goes. It would be great to get some help, but we’re certainly not going to be actively seeking that funding if it’s needed somewhere else.”

Chiriatti said they hope to have their museum opened by the end of 2015.

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Online:

Everwonder Children’s Museum: http://www.everwondermuseum.com/