Phillips 66 puts $400,000 toward the safe return of Houston students

By Allison Stowe
Phillips 66 Corporate Communications

Phillips 66 is donating $400,000 to three Houston-area school districts to assist with the safe return to in-person learning for 320,000 students.

The company contributed $200,000 to the Houston Independent School District and $100,000 each to Katy Independent School District and Spring Branch Independent School District. The funds are being used to purchase personal protective equipment, including face shields, masks and plastic partitions.

“We have a deep appreciation and understanding at Phillips 66 of the great care that is being taken to keep students safe,” said Phillips 66 Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications Sonya Reed, who oversees the company’s philanthropic efforts. “We wanted to help make sure our schools were as prepared as they could be — and then some — for this new phase.”

The $400,000 donation brings Phillips 66’s total contributions to COVID-19 relief efforts across the country to $3.6 million.

The costs of the pandemic have put an immense burden on public school districts nationwide, and we are happy to have the support of Phillips 66 in making HISD's transition to in-person learning more successful.

Katherine Smith Executive Director, Houston ISD Foundation

Most Houston-area school districts have resumed some in-person learning. Houston ISD, where nearly 80% of the 200,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged, has faced perhaps the steepest challenge in preparing for the return. It will begin phasing in in-person learning on Oct. 19.

“Educators needed the personal protective equipment necessary to make this return as safe as possible for both children and adults,” said Executive Director for Houston ISD Foundation Katherine Smith. “The costs of the pandemic have put an immense burden on public school districts nationwide, and we are happy to have the support of Phillips 66 in making HISD's transition to in-person learning more successful."

For Spring Branch ISD, which educates about 35,000 students each year, the donation allowed for the purchase of 1,800 protective shields, which cost on average $55 each.

“Phillips 66’s donation was significant in helping Spring Branch Independent School District offset the cost of the shields,” said Spring Branch Education Foundation Executive Director Cece Thompson.

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