During this season for giving, Windham Middle School has been chosen as the recipient of a grant given by Exxon Mobil. Each year $500 is earmarked to help schools enrich their programs, particularly targeted for science and math. Sue Jones, manager of Mr. Mikes located at 670 Roosevelt Trail was on hand Wednesday to present middle school principal Drew Patin with the check.
These grants are part of several available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program. It is designed to provide these retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.
“Mobil has been doing this for years and years and years. We were fortunate enough a few years ago to get one for Manchester School. Two years ago we had one for this school and here we have another one for this school,” explained Jones who has nominated seven out of the eight years since being with Mr. Mikes. Two years ago Windham Middle School was the recipient.
With this grant Patin is exercising the option to use the funds elsewhere. “This time it is going toward the after school programs. We want to keep kids busy after school, offering them a variety of activities so there is a niche for everybody and promote the arts and sciences more, also sports and theater which are big here. These things would be more hands on for the kids,” shared Patin.
The process is rather simple.”I nominate schools in my area and Exxon Mobile makes the decision which areas are awarded. If my area is chosen that’s where it begins. They like the schools to target math and science but it can be used anyway they want,” Jones said. This year Jones’ familiarity with the middle school through her granddaughter’s attendance was the reason it was chosen. “We try to hit other schools to mix it up a little bit. We will probably target the high school as a possibility next year,” she continued.