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Marathon Petroleum Donates $150,000 to STEM Education

This week, Marathon Petroleum announced a $150,000 donation to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in the Salt Lake City School District. Marathon Petroleum’s generous contribution will benefit students in eight elementary schools located in the West High School network. The eight participating schools are Backman, Escalante, Mary W. Jackson, Meadowlark, Newman, North Star, Rose Park, and Washington Elementary Schools. Eighty-four percent of students from these schools come from low-income homes, and 96 percent come from diverse backgrounds, which are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. The partnership was made possible through the efforts of the Salt Lake Education Foundation. 

The STEM programs supported by this grant will allow students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve scientific literacy and learn how to collaborate with others. Early STEM learning establishes the strong foundation that elementary school students need to maximize their academic potential. With this groundwork in place, students are more easily prepared for careers in STEM fields, as well as other professional areas. 

Included in the picture are: Heather Newell, Principal, Backman Elementary; John Kelly, Principal, Washington Elementary; Bob Weldzius, General Manager, Marathon Salt Lake City Refinery; James Yapias, Director, Salt Lake Education Foundation; Melissa Ford, Vice President, Salt Lake City Board of Education; Candace Penrod, Science Supervisor Salt Lake City School District.

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