Exxon Mobil Adopts Magruder Middle School

Exxon Mobil Adoption Ceremony

By: Cody Davis, staff writer

On Wednesday, June 12, at 10:30am, all students and staff gathered at the outdoor stage to witness a very important event: Exxon Mobil gave Magruder Middle School a generous gift and “adopted” our school.  Exxon pledged their support over the next few years so Magruder students would have more learning opportunities, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery Manager, E. Pablo Borgnino gave Magruder $10,000.00 for STEM programs at our school.

The ceremony was well attended by important people in our community such as Frank Scotto, the Mayor of Torrance, Tim Stowe, the Senior Director of Middle Schools, Dr. Mario Liberati the Senior Director of Human Resources, and Education Board Members Terry Ragins, Maria Deorah, and Don Lee.   Exxon Mobil members included Barbara Graham of Public and Government Affairs, and Richard Coggins, the Mechanical Division Manager.  The people from the Torrance Area’s Chamber of Commerce who attended were Donna Duperron, President and CEO, and Mark Waronek, Vice-President.  We even had a representative from Senator Ted Lieu’s office.

Exxon Mobil has a long history of donating generously to Torrance Unified Schools in a number of ways, such as the Pegasus Awards. Teachers can receive grants for enriching programs and materials in Math and Science.  Exxon Mobil has always donated to Magruder. For example, the past 12 years they have given money for OBS (Operation Back to School), provided needy students with school supplies the first week of school, and they’ve provided science field trips, such as “Girls in Engineering” Day at the refinery.

Mr. Chris Sheck, Principal, announced his vision for Magruder, that he hopes it will be a destination school for those who want to excel at math, science, or technology.  Exxon Mobil will help make that dream come true by helping us establish Magruder as a STEM center.

In conclusion, we just want to express our appreciation and gratitude as we look forward to new hopes and new beginnings for excellence in math and science, thanks to Exxon Mobil.

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