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John Rex Receives $5,000 for STEM Education

John Rex Director of Elementary Education Heather Zacarias receives a $5,000 donation from members of Continental’s Funding the Future committee.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 10, 2018) – John Rex Charter School received a Funding the Future grant from Continental Resources to provide students with hands-on, creative learning opportunities.

The school plans to use the $5,000 award to help fund a makerspace: a dedicated room to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering, technology, math (STEM) and tinkering.

“Our school’s success is fueled by private-public partnerships, and we’re so thankful for Continental’s support in providing an innovative STEM education to our students,” said John Rex Charter School Director of Elementary Education Heather Zacarias.

Since 2013, Continental has awarded grants to teachers across the company’s operating area to bolster educational efforts in the key subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reading. The grants are intended to fund innovative and engaging educational programs that provide students with the resources they need to grow into future leaders.

“It is our hope at Continental that these grants are used to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists and geologists in our state,” Continental Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm said. “Supporting Oklahoma’s outstanding teachers and students has long been a priority of our company, and we look forward to seeing how this grant money is used to further the education experience and prepare our next generation.”

More than 200 teachers in four states applied for Continental’s Funding the Future grants in 2018. A review committee voted to award grants to 47 teachers, including 33 in Oklahoma.

John Rex Charter School offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to economically and racially diverse students.  The school is strategically placed in downtown Oklahoma City to provide teachers and students easy access to government, legal and cultural opportunities. The campus’ proximity to the Civic Center Music Hall, the Myriad Gardens and City Hall gives students walking access to multiple learning experiences. For more information, visit

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