BP plant gives $64,000 to schools

BP employees Robin Lee (from left) and Dan Hunt are recognized for BP's contribution of $64,000 to the Berkeley County School District by Chairwoman Kathy Schwalbe and then-Superintendent Anthony Parker. BP's contributions will support instruction in the

Students in nine Berkeley County schools received gifts over the holidays, courtesy of the BP Cooper River Plant. BP reached out to Berkeley schools to provide financial contributions of $64,000 to support programs and boost student achievement.

The donations were made possible through plant's government and public affairs funds, which support instructional programs in alternative energy, energy conservation and technology in the schools.

Dan Hunt, process technician for BP and a volunteer in the school district, contacted several schools to inquire where additional funding was needed.

Through his efforts, funding is providing:

--A book for every student at Cainhoy Elementary;

--Field trips for Cainhoy Elementary students who achieved excellent PASS scores;

--Support for the engineering programs at Hanahan High and Timberland High;

--Books and computers for the Macedonia Middle library;

--Support for the student technology association at Macedonia Middle;

--Science lab supplies at H.E. Bonner Elementary;

--Books and robotics at St. Stephen Middle;

--CD players and media at St. Stephen Elementary;

--Industrial technology at Berkeley Middle;

--A bike safety program at Westview Primary.

"I am very thankful I work for BP America," said Hunt. "BP strongly encourages their employees to support their communities through these grants. We are pleased to be able to foster energy and technology programs that benefit Berkeley County youth."

The district recognized BP and Hunt at a recent board meeting.

For information about the BP grant programs, contact Hunt at 881-5316.