Seeing and responding to a need led to a
celebratory event on Feb. 18 at Lomax Junior High School, where a "Partner in
Education Program" was kicked off with announced plans for a volunteer
educational mentoring program and the donation of two laptop and 10 desktop
computers. Air Products, a local
industrial gas and technology supplier, agreed to establish a volunteer
educational volunteer mentoring program with Lomax Junior High designed to
support students and also provided two computer systems to individuals selected
by school staff and 10 computers for the school.
Air Products made a commitment to provide
volunteers to mentor students for the rest of the school year. It is the company and the school's intention
for the mentoring to become an annual program at Lomax Junior High. In
addition, Air Products plans on continuing to offer the school other programs
such as Liquid Nitrogen (LIN) demonstrations, tours of its facilities and other
opportunities to broaden and strengthen the relationship between the two.
The 10 donated desktop computers will be
used at Lomax for a computer lab that is utilized by both teachers and
students. The two laptop computer recipients, selected by the Lomax staff, were
presented by Lomax principal Stephanie Cox to teacher Tina Imme and student
Imme teaches seventh-grade language arts at
Lomax. As with many local residents,
Hurricane Ike destroyed Imme's home, and she was living with family until
recently when she moved into a travel trailer in her old drive way while she
reconstructs her home.
Imme did not allow the storm to diminish her
own spirit of giving. After the storm,
she began and continues to provide for an adolescent child who did not have any
family, even after her own personal loss. When asked for one of the
reasons why the school staff chose Imme to receive the donated laptop, Cox
replied, "She comes to work each day with a smile and positive attitude to give
to her children."
Katie Brown is a seventh grade student at
Lomax. Katie was living in Shoreacres
when Hurricane Ike destroyed her home as well. Katie had to change
schools from La Porte Junior High to Lomax, which required a move away from her
home and friends. When asked why the staff chose Katie to receive the
laptop, Cox replied, "Katie is a great student with a positive
attitude. She works hard and always wants to do well, and she volunteers
often to help others."
"We have a longstanding tradition of
supporting and helping our communities where we live and work. We realize that
Air Products' continued growth and success is closely tied to the vitality of
these communities, and the quality of the community's educational system is key
to the skills of our employee workforce. We need healthy communities to operate
a healthy business. But most importantly, we are committed to our communities
because it is clearly the right thing to do," said Dave Hefele, regional
operations manager for Air Products.
Alton Porter, mayor of La Porte stated, "I
am very pleased with the continued involvement and investment in our community
by Air Products. They have long been an active valued part of our community
through a number of vehicles. They are a great partner in our La Porte
Education Foundation, our La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce, and are very
active working directly with our schools. We are very fortunate to have the
tremendous industry support throughout our community but Air Products in
particular has an outstanding reputation for their active, valued
contributions. This donation of computers to two very worthy recipients who
were both victims of Hurricane Ike is especially heartwarming. Our community
took a serious hit from Ike but we have all pulled together and become stronger
because of it. This is a great community and a great place to call home and I
am very proud to have Air Products as a neighbor and good friend."
Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia
said of the donation, "This sort of commitment to education is so important at
any time. Since Hurricane Ike though, Air Products' commitment to our
community stands out even more. I applaud both student and teacher who
represent the student body and faculty and their high standards of education."
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in
industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique
portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance
materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built
leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials,
refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and
advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative
culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment.