BATON ROUGE, La. (BrProud) — ExxonMobil Baton Rouge announced donations to the Foundation for the East Baton Rouge School System that will benefit students in East Baton Rouge Parish.
A donation of $12,500 will fund 51 personal wireless hotspots or “Mifis” to bridge the digital divide for East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) students. The digital divide refers to the disparity in reliable internet and technology for low income communities.
ExxonMobil is also donating 720 gallons of sanitizing product to help schools prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. According to ExxonMobil, the 720 gallon donation of sanitizer ranks as one of the largest quantities donated by ExxonMobil to a single entity anywhere in the country.
“We are thankful for dedicated teachers and administrators who continue to find ways to meet students’ educational needs during these challenging times. We are proud to support their efforts by providing hand sanitizer, technology and fun learning opportunities to help grow young minds and keep students safe,” said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Chemical Plant Manager David Luecke.
In addition to the hotspots and the sanitizer, ExxonMobil employees created a virtual STEM experiment curriculum that students can complete at home. The virtual lessons range from demonstrations on energy conversion to how to make elephant toothpaste. The virtual curriculum will be available for summer learning.
“As we plan for the year ahead, safety is at the forefront of every decision we make. It is paramount that we provide staff and students with proper health and safety materials, “Superintendent Warren Drake said. “Thanks to ExxonMobil’s constant and generous support, our families can rest a little easier knowing that their students will return to a safer learning environment.”
Warren notes that as as EBRPSS looks ahead to the safety and health of students for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, these donations will be crucial.
“As we continue to manage the moving parts involved in offering our students the best education possible during these challenging circumstances, it helps to have the community’s support – especially from experts in an industry, ” Sharmayne Rutledge, Executive Director of School Leadership for EBRPSS said. Rutledge will incorporate the virtual STEM project lessons into distance education. “In addition to providing content, giving the students the chance to access those lessons – especially for those who have no other means to do so – is imperative.”