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    ExxonMobil Disperses Grants Across the Nation

    Four thousand grants totaling $2 million awarded to schools.

    IRVING, Texas -- Continuing on a seven-year tradition, ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program this is again providing grants for K-12 educational institutions across 44 states. The grants, 4,000 $500 grants in all, totaled $2 million for students at the schools.

    "ExxonMobil and our branded retailers are proud to impact today's student by supporting their neighborhood schools," said Mark Shores, U.S. retail sales director for ExxonMobil fuels marketing. "It is one way we support our retailers' involvement in the communities where we do business."

    The grants can be used for wide ranging programs based on the needs of each institution. Many will use the grants for projects supported by equipment such as digital cameras, scholarships, art supplies and playground equipment. In addition, the grants will be used by some schools to enhance current programs focusing on character education, professional reading and exploratory science laboratories. Since 2000, the Alliance program has donated more than $13.5 million to local schools through its Exxon and Mobil retail locations.

    "This gesture of generosity has proven to be very positive for our students," said Ada Jimenez-Parker, the principal for Virginia Road Elementary School. "These funds will enhance and enrich the hands-on science learning experience of our Kindergarten students."

    Doug Alexander, president of Story Distributing said: "These grants also provide a valuable tool that brings ExxonMobil, the branded store, the school and the community together as partners."

    Almost 200 grants $98,000 were given to Virginia schools to fund extracurricular programs such as family literacy nights, field trips, and playground equipment. Nearly 150 grants were given to New Jersey schools, totaling $74,000. New York received more than 400 grants totaling $204,500 for schools, while 187 grants totaling $93,500 were given to California schools. More than 220 grants were dispersed in Florida, to total $112,000 in donations. Texas schools received $188,000 in more than 375 grants. More than 100 grants totaling $50,500 were given to Montana schools, and 213 grants totaling $106,500 were given to Illinois schools.

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