LyondellBasell Makes Contribution to GPISD Foundation

Houston, Texas: On Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, Todd Monette, plant manager of the LyondellBasell Refinery in Pasadena and Scott Buchman, Regional Public Relations Manager, made a $3,600 contribution to the GPISD Education Foundation for student scholarships and teacher grants. Dr. Angi Williams, Superintendent of Schools, and Mr. Wayne Oquin, GPISD Education Foundation Director, welcomed Monette and received the generous donation. Monette said, “Given the incredible job teachers as a whole do at Galena Park ISD, it is gratifying to be able to provide this grant to help students learn more about science, math and environment.”

LyondellBasell is a sustaining partner with the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation and contributes annually to innovative teaching grants for Galena Park ISD educators. Monette also serves as a board member on the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation and stated, “These funds will go directly into the classroom benefiting our teachers and our community.”

LyondellBasell has been a longstanding business partner with the district, committing to the betterment of GPISD and the community. In 2013, the City of Galena Park and the district were the recipients of LyondellBasell's Annual Global Care Day outreach. The company provided materials and dedicated employees volunteered their time to improve the tennis courts at Galena Park High School, plant shrubs and trees adjacent to the campus, and install new park benches in the park at the Alvin Bagett Community Building.

In addition, the company regularly provides mentors to GPISD students, demonstrating the techniques and industry standards for the Welding and Flexible Manufacturing classes. Employees also participate in career days by speaking to the students about skilled crafts careers and opportunities. LyondellBasell has donated supplies, tools, and equipment to GPISD’s technical programs to ensure the teachers are able to teach to current industry standards and specifications, which are essential for student transition directly into a highly technical workforce.

Monette continued, “Lyondellbasell is investing in our school systems as a key strategic area to help build the workforce of tomorrow.”

The GPISD Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovative teaching strategies through teacher grants and student scholarships to higher education. This year, the Foundation has awarded over $15,500 in teaching grants and $72,000 in student scholarships. During the existence of the Foundation, $523,680 in grants and $371,256 in scholarships have been awarded. For more information on tax deductible contributions to the Foundation, please contact Mr. Wayne Oquin at


Dr. Angi M. Williams, Todd Monette, and Wayne Oquin

Pictured: Dr. Angi M. Williams, Todd Monette, and Wayne Oquin





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