The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild will fund startup programs at ten schools, allowing up to 300 students to study genuine ancient coins as part of the educational programs offered by the organization Ancient Coins for Education, Inc. (ACE)
Already a success with programs in 115 schools nationwide, ACE hopes to expand its network through funding by the ACCG in 2005 and beyond. “ACE has grown dramatically since its inception in 2001 and the ACCG’s New Schools Outreach Grant is a welcome support in our fifth academic year,” says Souzana Steverding, ACE schools coordinator.
ACE’s motto “Putting History into Students’ hands” summarizes how students learn about ancient civilizations by using coins as tangible links to bygone civilizations. During several class periods in a school year students identify, research and restore inexpensive bronze coins, typically of the Late Roman Empire, though sometimes also of ancient Greece or the 'Byzantine Empire'. ACE principally offers its programs in high schools, but also has sponsored programs in elementary and middle schools and universities.
The ten school programs funded by the ACCG grant will be established in areas with ACCG affiliate member-clubs or individual members nearby. “By having people locally with a deep knowledge of ancient coins these new ACE programs will have the best chance of success. It's a chance for local ACCG member-collectors to share their avocation with these students and in doing so, to make history come alive,” says Brett Telford, leader of the ACCG Education and Youth Programs task force and a corporate sponsor of ACE.
“Education is one of the three main purposes of the ACCG, with the other two being political advocacy and consumer protection,” added ACCG executive director Wayne Sayles. “We are strong supporters of ACE because their program is devoted to making the ancient world real to students, allowing them to experience it firsthand through coins.”
To volunteer as an ACE mentor or a program sponsor, or to make a donation directly to ACE, go to http://ancientcoinsforeducation.org or by mail to P.O. Box 3115, Burbank, CA 91508. Donations to the ACCG Grant program can be made by Paypal at the ACCG home page www.accg.us or by check to P.O. Box 911, Gainesville, MO 65655.