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Two School District Five schools receive grants from Exxon

For Immediate Release – April 8, 2020



Two School District Five schools receive grants from Exxon

IRMO – Two Lexington-Richland School District Five schools have received Exxon Education Alliance Math and Science Grants. 


The Excellence in Education grant is awarded to schools through local gas stations.


Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet has been awarded a $500 grant from Rainbow Gas Garden Exxon, 418 Piney Grove Rd, Columbia.  Chapin Middle School was also a recipient of $500 as well from the Rainbow Gas Garden 312 site, 650 Columbia Ave, Chapin.


“Leaphart is excited to receive this grant from Exxon,” said Principal Courtney Sims.  “Having this grant allows us to purchase instructional materials aligned with our STEAM mission. As we encourage our students to #Think3D, we will utilize these funds to build upon the innovative programming and collaborative learning spaces at Leaphart.”


Chapin Middle School Principal Anna Miller added, “We plan to use the money in our math and science departments to help with supplies like frogs for our dissection units, 3-D models, calculators, and hands-on manipulatives.  We are so blessed to receive this grant, and we are extra thankful that a wonderful, former Chapin Middle science teacher, Melissa Disque, nominated us for it.”


The schools are expected to receive the money during a check presentation ceremony next month.


Exxon and Mobil are fueling young minds and helping create aha moments through the Educational Alliance. Since its inception, the company has committed over $34 million to this national program, which funds math and science programs at schools in need. It’s part of our ongoing effort to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education within the communities we serve.