FREDERICK COUNTY, VA- Science and technology have become commonplace in today's classrooms, and Frederick County students have been direct recipients of the benefits.
For the twelfth year, ExxonMobil and H.N. Funkhouser has given a generous grant to the district to support math and science in the classroom.
When the grant was first awarded to the county 12 years ago, there was only enough money to give to nine schools. Now, it has grown to offer $500 to every school in the county, a total of $10,000 for the county.
At Gainesboro Elementary, the staff says they'll use the money to continue to boost their math program.
Last year, Gainesboro was able to purchase e-dvd's and books for their teachers, as well as calculators for the entire 5th grade. "Having those resources provided guaranteed that each student is having equal access to technology," says Kathy Weiss, Principal of Gainesboro Elementary.
School officials say that with a tight budget, the extra funding will open new doors.
"We're always looking for ways in which we can enhance the resources in the classroom," says Superintendent Dr. David Sovine. "This is a great example."
Since 2000, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance has awarded more than $18 million to local schools.