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Devon Energy grant bolsters science education at northeast Oklahoma City school

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in northeast Oklahoma City received a $25,000 grant from Devon Energy Corp. to outfit its earth science lab.
BY JAY F. MARKS, Business Writer Modified: April 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014

Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School roared Tuesday when they learned the school had earned a $25,000 grant from Devon Energy Corp. to outfit a new earth science lab.

Devon officials and Oklahoma City school board members surprised students and faculty with the award.

School board member Phil Horning said a surprise was appropriate for April Fool’s Day.

Exec praises teachers

Devon executive Frank Rudolph joked he was leaving the Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer to become a teacher before lauding the efforts of the four third-grade teachers who applied for the grant.

“They submitted a great project,” he said.

Marsha Grace, who led the grant team, said she did not expect the school to win the $25,000 Science Giants award, but she promised to spend the money wisely.

“We will make the greatest science lab in the United States of America,” she said, as students cheered.

The King Lions also roared their appreciation for Devon, which has given out more than $500,000 in recent years to support innovative science projects at schools in the U.S. and Canada.

The Science Giants program originated at Devon’s Houston office in 2008 before spreading to the company’s other areas of operation.

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