Pictured right: Santa with Garfield student Bradford Robertson hugging Santa
Phillips 66 is the Partner-In-Education (PIE) with Garfield Elementary School. Each year Phillips 66 employee resource groups adopt-a-class and work with the same teachers and students throughout the year. At Christmas time, the classes get special time with Santa Claus and gifts, candy, and a small gift from their adopt-a-class group. Teachers and other school staff are given a small token of appreciation for their dedication to helping students academically and in other aspects of their lives.
This year Phillips 66 considered that many of the families might need a little extra help at Christmas. Tim Seidel, Manager Ponca City Refinery shared; “Although, our primary focus with Partner-in-Education is to help students grow academically, we realize that life can be challenging at times for families. A $25 gift certificate, redeemable for a turkey or ham, may not seem significant to many, but it helps to make Christmas Merry for many.”
Employee Resource Groups at Phillips 66 who participate with the classroom programs include: Black Employees Network, Hispanic Network, New Hire Network, Off-the-Safety Committee, Veterans Network, Women’s Network, Ponca City Site Employees Association, and the Retirees Association. Groups visit their respective classrooms at least monthly and as an added resource in the classroom as requested by teachers.
By Mary Ladd – Public Information Coordinator, Ponca City Public Schools
Pictured top below: Santa with Diane Anderson (Communications, Community Relations and Philanthropy for Phillips 66)