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West Liberty Elementary Gets Grant

Williams Energy donates to school’s STEM program

Photo provided Williams Energy on Thursday donated $6,000 to a West Liberty Elementary School STEM project. Shown in front, from left, are West Liberty students Tristen Hays, Skyler Hunter and Bella Dearing. In the back row from left are Williams Human Resources Business Partner Casey Kulavik, Operations Tech II representative Jason Hays, Operations Supervisor Jeremie Detling, Safety and Health Specialist Tommy Kulavik and West Liberty Elementary School Principal Stacy Dietz.

West Liberty Elementary School’s STEM program is “ready to roll” thanks to a generous contribution from Williams, a local natural gas infrastructure company.

West Liberty Principal Stacy Dietz was presented on Thursday with a $6,000 grant from Williams’ representative Jeremie Detling, supervisor of Operations for the company. Dietz said the funding will be used for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects in the school’s intermediate grades, third through fifth. She said the funding will be used in a fun and unique collaboration.

“We have already decided to collaborate with the West Liberty University Physics Department and the Ohio Valley Soap Box Derby organization,” she said. “Our teachers got together, and decided we will be building soap box derby cars for competition, and we will be announcing a kick off that will be called ‘Let’s Roll!’ This is going to be an exciting and educational project.”

Williams has contributed more than $100 million in charitable giving over the past 10 years. Detling said Williams officials are proud of the company’s efforts in helping local schools prepare students to lead in STEM fields, including the energy industry.

He said the contribution to West Liberty Elementary School is an example of Williams’ commitment to community involvement and workforce development.

Dietz said she is grateful for Williams’ contribution to her school, and she thanked Detling for his efforts.

“The Williams company and Mr. Detling approached me to ask how they could help our STEM projects, and that doesn’t often happen,” she said. “The contribution that they have made has our students and staff members excited, and we can’t thank them enough.”

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