Chevron Invests Millions In South Mississippi Schools

PASCAGOULA (WLOX) -- The children at College Park Elementary learn language through song. The English program was made possible through Chevron's Energy For Learning program.

The company's grant program also paid for dozens of interactive whiteboards, which help 2nd grader Triniti Davis and her classmates get more involved in daily lessons.

"We move things to where they are suppose to be, and we write stuff," Davis said.

"Education is the foundation," Chevron General Manager Roland Kell said.

Kell believes building that foundation takes money and community involvement, so he was happy to hand over more than $1 million to be shared by 16 Gulf Coast school districts.

"This is the last installment of the $6 million we have handed out. What we try do in this program is try to be very flexible and understand the needs," Kell said.

The Moss Point School District is using its grant to train teachers, create science labs, and buy new technology.

"The more you put in to it, the more you should get out of it, and I think they feel they are making a good investment," Pascagoula Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said.

Educators say they're grateful for Chevron's contributions to students, schools, and the future.

Chevron donated $2 million to help build daycare centers in Pass Christian and Waveland. Louisiana schools also received more than $10 million from the company's grant program.