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Marshall County Organizations Receive Grants

Photo by Drew Parker John Marshall High School science instructor Ryan Asbury accepts a Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley grant in Moundsville Monday from Lee Ann Wainwright, policy, government and public affairs representative for Chevron.

Energy professionals are providing local organizations with more tools to improve services and education in Marshall County.

In the coming months, seven organizations located in or serving Marshall County will be able to further their missions with over $40,000 in grant funding through the Chevron Community Fund, administered by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. The grants were announced at an award ceremony in Moundsville Tuesday morning.

Since 2013, Chevron has awarded $348,000 through 55 grants to Marshall County projects. According to Lee Ann Wainwright, policy, government and public affairs representative for the energy company, Chevron supervisors and engineers chose grant recipients this year rather than a team of public affairs officials.

“We actually had the employees engaged and see the applications and what those organizations are trying to do. It really created morale,” Wainwright said. “We’re giving them a chance to create their future co-workers. When they see what they didn’t have in school, and be able to give that to these kids and create future job success, is really important.”

The awards include $3,000 for a Marshall County bluegrass Christmas benefit concert and songwriting workshop held Dec. 3 by the Bluegrass Music Endeavors Foundation; $8,750 for the Closet of Hope at the Marshall County Family Resource Network, $8,716.90 to Marshall County Schools for iPads and microscope cameras at John Marshall High School, $6,642 to the Oglebay Foundation for Good Zoo field trips; $8,083 for a mobile MakeShop at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley; $2,500 for the Power-up PEACE program at Our Lady of Peace School and $5,000 for the basic utility assistance program at the Salvation Army of Moundsville.

Ryan Asbury, a science instructor at John Marshall, said the funding will provide 10 iPads and 15 accompanying cameras for class microscopes.

“The cameras will be able to send an image from the microscope to our iPads. That way, the students are able to screenshot them for flashcards to study,” he said. “The kids are always excited when something is like a game even though it’s educational. Science is always changing, so it’s important we stay ahead of that.”

Valerie Reed, director of the Ohio Valley Children’s Museum, said the funding will benefit a program that helps students understand how things work.

“MakeShop is a space where children play with real stuff, like sewing machines, woodworking, digital media, simple circuitry, tinkering and taking small electronics apart,” Reed said. “Encouraging the philosophy of tinkering, exploration and creativity is the essence of MakeShop, and that’s what we are trying to take to as many kids as possible.”

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