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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. operator of more than 2,800 convenience stores, has contributed $2 million to schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia through ExxonMobil's Educational Alliance program. Four thousand grants in the amount of $500 each were awarded to a school nominated by local Exxon and Mobil-branded convenience stores.
"The Educational Alliance is one of our most popular programs among our service station owners and operators," said Jim Carter, U. S. regional director for ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. "They understand the importance of being an active community member."
The use of a $500 Educational Alliance grant is designed to be flexible and is left to the discretion of the school officials. In 2002, schools requested Educational Alliance grants for a wide variety of equipment and programs. Equipment for computers, science and marine laboratories, sports, music classes and environmental studies were funded with grants. Grant money was also used for programs including art, theater performances, reading, language and incentive programs.
Special projects that stretch beyond academics also came to fruition by using Educational Alliance grants, Carter said. Schools used the funds for clothing and food for students, emergency crisis kits, leadership and teacher training, tutoring and transportation.