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Devon awards local elementary school science grant

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OKLAHOMA CITY – One Oklahoma school is receiving a nice sum of money from a local company.

Devon Energy surprised students, faculty, and staff at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School with a $25,000 grant for a new earth science laboratory.

Devon has reportedly invested more than $520,000 since 2008 in school projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Frank Rudolph, Devon’s executive vice president for human resources announced at the school, “Science plays a crucial role in our business at Devon, and we want to encourage the next generation of scientists. Through the competitive grant application process, the teachers and administrators at Martin Luther King Elementary have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing science education with the new earth science lab and the programs that will use it.”

According to a release from Devon, Martin Luther King Elementary was selected from public schools across the Oklahoma City metropolitan area that submitted Science Giants grant proposals.

Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, Dave Lopez, believes the grant from Devon will help engage students.

“Our partnership with Devon Energy provides opportunities for our teachers to develop creative ways to engage our students in the exciting field of science,” said Lopez. “This science lab will help Martin Luther King Elementary students achieve the Oklahoma Academic Standards adopted by the state Board of Education and the National Science Teachers Association. Devon Science Giants is a program that truly makes a difference in our community.”