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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Candace Penrod, Salt Lake City School District senior manager and science supervisor, gives a high-five to Washington Elementary School kindergartner Belle Yearwood after Marathon Petroleum donated $150,000 to benefit STEM education in eight Salt Lake City School District elementary schools on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

Candace Penrod, Salt Lake City School District senior manager and science supervisor, gives a high-five to Washington Elementary School kindergartner Belle Yearwood after Marathon Petroleum donated $150,000 to benefit STEM education in eight Salt Lake City School District elementary schools on Tuesday. Marathon Petroleum’s contribution will benefit students in Backman, Escalante, Mary W. Jackson, Meadowlark, Newman, North Star, Rose Park and Washington elementary schools. Eighty-four percent of students from these schools come from low-income homes, and 96 percent come from diverse backgrounds, which are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The STEM programs supported by donation will allow students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve scientific literacy and learn how to collaborate with others.