Wells High School receives grant from ExxonMobil and donation from Xtra Mart for scholarship fund

Post date: Apr 19, 2013 12:37:43 PM

On March 28th, Manager of Xtra Mart in Wells, Marsha LeBlanc presented Wells High School Principal Jim Daly with a check for $500 from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program.

This grant was applied for by LeBlanc. Since 2004, she has applied for, received and presented several thousand dollars in grant money from the ExxonMobil Alliance Program to Wells High School.

According to Daly the high school intends to use the funds for books and other items for various student programs.

“I like to give back what I can do and what Exxon can do to help the school system,” said LeBlanc who has four children who were educated in the Wells-Ogunquit CSD. “I like to see the company give, not just Xtra Mart but ExxonMobil give something back which is kind of nice for the neighborhood.”

In addition to the ExxonMobil grant, Wells High School has received a donation for $100 from Xtra Mart in Wells to be placed into the Eric Moats Memorial Scholarship Fund. According to Xtra Mart employee Ruth Moats, this donation was made by her employer in memory of Ted Carpenter, her father and owner of a popular sports memorabilia establishment in Wells who passed away in January of 2013. Mr. Carpenter started the scholarship fund in 1999 in memory of his grandson, 5 year-old Eric, who passed away from Down Syndrome that year. The Eric Moats Scholarship Fund annually donates $500 to a graduating senior at WHS.

Since 2004, the Educational Alliance Program has made grants available for ExxonMobil retailers to award to K-12 schools in their neighborhoods and communities. The recipient schools are allowed to decide where the money is best spent for educational purposes.

Employees of Xtra-Mart in Wells Marsha LeBlanc (left) and Ruth Moats.