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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Grants to Early Childhood Music and Science Programs

Focus In Math And Science Aims To Improve Student Learning


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 21 - The Texaco Foundation today announced approval of several signature grants as part of its new focus on early childhood music and science education. The grants announced today bring the Texaco Foundation's total commitment in early childhood education grants to nearly $13 million over the next five years.

Anne T. Dowling, President of the Texaco Foundation, explained the rationale behind the Foundation's new signature programs. "The Texaco Foundation believes in the capacity of strong music and science programs to better prepare a diverse future workforce. Comprehensive music education, introduced across the curriculum in the earliest grades, improves student learning. Similarly, we know that hands-on science lessons are the best way to build a lifelong interest in science among young children. Texaco funding in both these program areas is intended to stimulate creative changes in curriculum and improve community and parental involvement with the schools.

"As a successful company driven by technological excellence, Texaco has a stake in developing outstanding math and science students. Support for our music education program, known as Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning, and scientific discovery program, called Touch Science: Hands-on Learning For Kids and Communities, benefits Texaco and the communities in which we operate."

Texaco's commitment to music education stems, in part, from its decades-long affiliation with the Metropolitan Opera. In September, the Texaco Foundation announced a gift of $10 million over the next five years for the Metropolitan Opera's Endowment campaign. The grant will support an innovative music education program in the New York City elementary schools.

Commenting on the Touch Science programs, Dowling further noted, "When teachers nurture the natural curiosity within young children by helping them to experience science, as opposed to reading about it, those students are far more likely to develop and maintain a greater interest in math and science study in later years. To encourage this teaching approach, the Texaco Foundation has focused its support on collaborative initiatives between elementary schools and science museums, aquariums, horticultural societies and other related institutions with interactive scientific exploration and discovery programs."

Established in 1979, the Texaco Foundation provides grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations both in the United States and countries in which Texaco operates.

Updated: December 1998