Sparklight grant to fund STEM club at Dowling


ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Winning a cash prize is always exciting and when it’s able to fund a project, joy is through the roof.

And joy is steaming out of the roofs of Dowling Elementary.

Jon Drisco, General Manager for Sparklight in Odessa said, “We gave away $15,000 in grants to 5 schools across the country. The entries were narrowed down to 10 then posted online for community voting.” Drisco said Dowling Elementary received 1,200 votes for their grant proposal to start a STEM Club and a field trip visit to Texas Tech University for STEM related activities.

On Monday, representatives from Sparklight delievered grant money to all 5 schools that won including the Dowling Tigers.

According to the press release, it all started with an email.

Courtney Selking, Communities in Schools Campus Coordinator at Dowling Elementary was the author of the grant. She said, “It came about because Mrs. Marshall sent me an email about the grant and asked if I was interested in doing it because Dowling doesn’t have STEM programming. We hope to serve Communities in Schools students that often don’t have possibilities like that and possibly other students, however many we can cover.”

In March, the Dowling Tigers entered the annual “Dream Bigger” social media campaign, that would fund $3,000 to their science, technology, engineering or math project or club.

Julie Marshall, Principal at Dowling Elementary, said she’s really excited to start an after-school opportunity for the students at her campus. “Many of the kids who come to Dowling don’t have the opportunity to participate in after school activities that are paid for and so for us to offer this for our families, I think we’ll make an impact that kids will be excited to be here and stay here. Once they realize I don’t have to sit in a chair and learn a lesson, it’s hands on, I’m learning through what I’m doing, I think it’s really going to make an impact on our kids.”

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