For the 16th consecutive year, representatives from Winchester-based H.N. Funkhouser & Company have presented Frederick County Public Schools’ principals with grants from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. The grants, which were provided to each of the school division’s 20 schools, totaled $10,000. The funds will be used to support math and science programs.
Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Our students and schools have benefitted greatly over the years from our partnership with H.N. Funkhouser & Company as well as the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. Each year, H.N. Funkhouser & Company President Bob Claytor and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Rice work to help secure these grants which directly enhance math and science programs in each of our schools. We truly value their support and the support we receive from all of our business partners.”
H.N. Funkhouser & Company began working to secure ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to benefit Frederick County Public Schools in 2001-02. Since that time, the company has been responsible for contributions totaling $143,250 that have been used to support math and science instruction. An additional grant secured by H.N. Funkhouser & Company in 2014 through the ExxonMobil U.S. Retail Contributions Program was used to fund a pilot math/science transition program at Sherando High School.
Claytor says, “I’m a James Wood High School graduate and take great pride in being able to support children in our community by giving back to Frederick County Public Schools. As a business leader in our community, I recognize the importance of a high-quality education system and the valuable role it plays in the local economy and the quality of life we enjoy in Winchester and Frederick County.”
Rice adds, “As a company, ExxonMobil takes great interest in promoting engaging instruction in the areas of math and science which are critical to both innovation and future economic growth. H.N. Funkhouser & Company is proud to participate in this corporate initiative by working each year to help secure grants for each of Frederick County’s public schools. The grant funds are utilized wisely to support instruction and help get students more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.”