Tesoro Funds School Labs in Local District-South Schools

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 7, 2017) — Local District-South recently received a $200,000 grant from Tesoro to install what are known as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics or STEAM labs in six area schools, including: Banning Senior High, Carson Senior High, Curtiss Middle School, San Pedro Senior High, White Middle School and Wilmington Middle School STEAM Magnet.

With these new labs, students will have opportunities to engage in hands-on and interactive STEAM-aligned learning experiences.

After being awarded part of this grant, Principal Karen Mercado stated, “It truly is an honor to have Wilmington Middle School STEAM Magnet selected as a recipient of the Tesoro STEAM Lab Grant. The addition of the STEAM Lab will provide my students and staff with an opportunity to integrate hands on learning into their lessons.”

Additionally, Dr. Gina Russell-Williams, Curtiss Middle School principal, shared, "We are so excited and grateful to be recipients of this grant. Our students will be afforded an opportunity to enhance their skills and concepts which will prepare them to be competitive in the 21st century market place."

“Tesoro and the Tesoro Foundation are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to create cleaner, safer, well-educated communities where we operate,” said Olga Chavez, Senior Government and Public Affairs Specialist “Tesoro is proud to support the Los Angeles Unified School District - Local District South and its efforts to equip students with the necessary STEAM-related skills to succeed beyond high school.”

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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