Marcella Intermediate is enjoying the additional tables, permanent shade structure and bike racks after the campus received ExxonMobile Volunteer Involvement Program grants.
According to Principal Kathy Sandoval, volunteers from ExxonMobile have been mentoring students and staff over the last four years. When ExxonMobil employees volunteer 20 hours to an organization such as the school, the volunteers can apply for a grant to benefit the campus they work with. Over the years, several ExxonMobile employees have nominated Marcella Intermediate to benefit from ExxonMobile’s VIP grants.
“The items we have been able to purchase due to ExxonMobile’s VIP grants have provided our students with places to wait before and after school,” said Sandoval. “Our SNAPP (Students Need A Pat and a Push) partners now have additional places where they can visit with their student partners or have lunch with them at the tables located outdoors. And the students who bike to school now have a bike rack where they can keep their bikes safe during the day.”
Sandoval said Rick W. Meidel, senior technical advisor and SSH&E lead at ExxonMobile, has been an incredible volunteer and partner for Marcella Intermediate.
“I really have to give a big ‘thank you’ to Rick for organizing, volunteering and being such a great business partner these past four years,” stated Sandoval. “I am very sad to acknowledge that this is the last year that ExxonMobile will be partnering with us in this manner due to the new ExxonMobile complex opening next year in The Woodlands.
So many of our students and staff members have benefitted from the partnership and friendships that developed with ExxonMobile and its volunteers. Again, we at Marcella are very grateful for everything that Rick and the many ExxonMobile volunteers have done for us.”
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