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Exxon Donates $25k to Bench Elementary

ExxonMobil Billings Refinery presented Bench Elementary School with a check for $25,000 on Thursday to start Project Lead The Way, a school program that fosters math and science skills

The ExxonMobil refinery presented a $25,000 check at Bench Elementary School on Thursday for School District 2’s Project Lead the Way, an initiative that aims to bolster science curriculum within the district.

The company’s contribution will go toward efforts within SD2 to beef up science, technology, engineering and math education for students in hopes to prepare them for better-paying jobs.

“We view this as true investment in our future,” Monica Mainland, manager of the ExxonMobil Billings refinery, said in a press release.

“Math and science are critical to our business, and if our country and its industries are to remain competitive in the future, it is important to grow

our own scientists, engineers and innovative problem-solvers. It all starts here.”

Bench Elementary School and ExxonMobil are education/corporate

partners through the Partners in Education program offered through the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools.

The foundation is also handling supplemental funding for Project Lead the Way, the curriculum for which will be introduced at five elementary schools in the 2014-2015 school year: Bench, Arrowhead, Beartooth, Miles and Washington.

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Nick is a general assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette