Putnam City Schools Teachers Receive "Funding the Future" Grants for Innovative STEM, Reading Programs

12.07.2018 3:00 PM

Three Putnam City Schools teachers recently received grants to implement new educational programs at their schools.

Putnam City High School teacher Benton Shriver, Ralph Downs Elementary School teacher Cindy Wagner and Coronado Heights Elementary School teacher Julie Sparks earned Funding the Future grants from Continental Resources.

Since 2013, Continental has awarded grants to teachers across the company’s operating area to bolster educational efforts in the key subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reading. The grants are intended to fund innovative and engaging educational programs that nurture students with the educational resources they need to grow into future leaders.

“It is our hope at Continental that these grants are used to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists and geologists in our state,” Continental Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said. “Supporting Oklahoma’s outstanding teachers and students has long been a priority of our company, and we look forward to seeing how this grant money is used to further the education experience and prepare our next generation.”

Shriver will use his grant funds to buy materials for his school’s Science Olympiad teams. This after-school STEM program allows students to be part of various state, regional and national competitions.

Wagner will use her grant to purchase materials for STEM projects that will help students become critical thinkers, increase their science literacy, utilize technology and apply mathematical and engineering skills to solve problems.

Sparks will use her grant to foster a love of reading among Coronado Heights students by purchasing leveled books for them to take home and keep, while updating books used in the classroom for guided and independent reading.

More than 200 teachers in four states applied for Continental’s Funding the Future grants in 2018. A review committee voted to award grants to 47 teachers, including 33 in Oklahoma.
The Funding the Future program was established in 2013 to bolster education efforts in areas where Continental operates.

Grants are available up to $5,000. To learn more about this grant program, visit Continental's "Investing in Our Communities" webpage