WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Scotchman Convenience Stores and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have awarded $5,500 in grant funding to 11 area schools to support math and science education. Scotchman worked closely with school officials to secure the grants, which are available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The selected schools were:
Cedar Grove Middle School
Gregory Elementary School
Holly Tree Elementary School
Mary C. Williams Elementary School
Murrayville Elementary School
Ogden Elementary School
Pine Valley Elementary School
St. Mary Catholic School
Topsail High School
Williston Middle School
Winter Park Elementary School
“During times of budget cuts and limited outside funding, we are proud to be able to provide our local schools with this financial support,” said Jeff Turpin, CEO of VPS Convenience Store Group. “It’s important to make learning fun for the young people in the communities we serve, particularly in the fields of math and science.”
For the past 11 years, VPS Convenience Store Group, which operates Scotchman, Lil Cricket and Young’s Food Stores, has partnered with ExxonMobil to provide more than $125,000 in grant money to local schools. This year, VPS is giving a record-breaking $25,000 in grants to 50 schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
These grants are designed to make learning math and science fun and help schools purchase items supplemental learning tools such as science lab supplies, iPads, graphing calculators or to fund math and science related field trips. Funded by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance is designed to provide retailers like Scotchman with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through grants to neighborhood schools.