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USS Midway Museum receives largest grant in museum's history

The USS Midway Museum received a $1.5 million grant from Cox Communications, which will be used to expand the museum’s educational program.

The grant is through the James M. Cox Foundation, which was named after Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding in communities where the company operates. Cox Communications, the company’s broadband communications and entertainment subsidiary, operates throughout Southern California.

The Midway, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a learning laboratory that serves 50,000 students each year through its STEM‐oriented classroom programs, overnight programs and virtual field trips available to high school students across the country.

The late Barbara Cox, daughter of company founder and mother of Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy, christened the Midway in 1945. At that time, the Midway was the largest ship in the world and later became the longest‐serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Today, the Midway is the most visited ship museum in the world with more than 1 million annual visitors.

“The Midway and Cox became forever linked when my mother christened the ship almost 70 years ago,” Kennedy said. “The Midway served with America’s greatest generation and is now educating future generations. Before founding our company, my grandfather was a teacher, so I know he’d be proud that this grant will help the Midway grow its educational programs.”

The expanded educational program will enable participants to understand the meaning of service to country and community, citizenship, individual empowerment and collective achievement.

Cox Communications’ commercial division, Cox Business, built fiber to the Midway, and currently delivers critical infrastructure and broadband technology to the museum. Cox also generates awareness through its local TV station, Channel 4 San Diego, which is currently airing a special half‐hour show on the museum.

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