August 29, 2018

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert and ExxonMobil Support STEM Education and Pipeline Safety in Precinct 4


Secured opportunities for local teachers to

receive STEM training at Rice University
Coordinated community grants to schools

and first responders in Precinct 4


(SAN ANTONIO, TX) Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are collaborating to advance STEM educational opportunities and enhance pipeline safety in Bexar County.


Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert stated, “We are appreciative of the open door that ExxonMobil has opened for the people of Bexar County and their partnership in increasing public safety, jobs, and our environment. The people of Precinct 4 have told me they ecstatic about the charitable contributions from ExxonMobil, and we all thank them for making a difference in the lives of the people who make Precinct 4 home.


”Commissioner Calvert met with ExxonMobil representatives early this year ahead of a maintenance project by the company on a pipeline in Precinct 4. As part of ExxonMobil’s commitment to safety and corporate responsibility, public affairs representatives briefed Commissioner Calvert on their plan to support educational and first responder organizations in the area. Commissioner Calvert immediately took action and worked with ExxonMobil to identify and nominate recipients for the company’s Good Neighbor Grants Program.


While in office, Commissioner Calvert has made education a top priority in Precinct 4 by advocating for investment in the STEM-related curriculum for Bexar County students and certification training for local educators. ExxonMobil recognized Commissioner Calvert’s efforts by pledging funds to the Judson ISD Education Foundation and the Precinct 4 Back-to-School Fair.



Additionally, Commissioner Calvert was invited last month to be a keynote speaker at Rice University’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity’s “2018 Educator Dinner”, hosted by ExxonMobil, at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston. Commissioner Calvert addressed an audience of 65 educators and dignitaries from across Texas and shared his vision and the progress of STEM initiatives in Bexar County, preparing students for the information technology economy. At the event, Commissioner Calvert met with high school teachers and students from North East ISD, sponsored by ExxonMobil to participate in the “Say STEM Summer Camp” at Rice University.


Dr. Albert Chang, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, and an NEISD high school teacher commented: “The Tapia camp provided the tools and techniques to relate the material to students better and provided a solid framework in how well run project-based learning should work.” He continued, “I am happy to have taken part in this year’s Say STEM Camp at Rice, as I know the program will continue to provide new and veteran teachers with a valuable learning experience.”


Dr. Richard Tapia, a national medal of science recipient and director of the Tapia Center at Rice University, was thrilled to count with Commissioner Calvert at the event: “Achieving inclusive, comprehensive STEM education requires a combined effort from members of the public and private sector. ExxonMobil support for STEM education and Commissioner Calvert’s leadership and commitment are powerful examples and inspiring factors for our participants,” said Dr. Tapia.


In support of first responders in Precinct 4, Commissioner Calvert was instrumental in advocating for safety grants to the Kirby Fire Department plus securing a surplus supply of flame suppressant foam by ExxonMobil to donate to the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM) and the Converse Fire Department. The foam will be utilized to train firefighters and improve their response capabilities, particularly for the Emergency Services Districts that service areas of unincorporated Bexar County. The foam was distributed county-wide by the BCOEM.


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