OKLAHOMA CITY - Third- and fourth-grade teachers in the Edmond, Mid-Del, Norman, Oklahoma City and Putnam City school districts may sign up through March 31 to participate in the second year of the Oklahoma City Dodgers MVP Program: Encouraging STEM Education presented by Devon Energy.
More than 100 metro-area teachers have already signed up, impacting 150 classrooms and allowing more than 3,700 students to participate in the free program that rewards area elementary students' achievements in science and math. Approximately 1,000 third- and fourth-grade students in Oklahoma City Public Schools benefitted during the program's first year in 2017.
"Devon Energy is committed to helping communities inspire young people to pursue an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects by working with schools and community organizations to enhance access to STEM education," said Christina Rehkop, manager of community affairs for Devon Energy. "Partnering with the OKC Dodgers for the MVP Program provided an ideal opportunity to further this goal."
The MVP Program encourages area students and their teachers to participate in STEM curriculum. Top-performing MVP students will receive tickets to an OKC Dodgers game and a commemorative MVP baseball hat.
The second year of the program culminates May 19 with MVP Field Day at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - an exclusive event for MVP students and teachers, as well as their families. STEM activities will be available throughout MVP Field Day and OKC Dodgers players will be on hand, helping with hitting and throwing instruction, as well as signing autographs.
"We are proud to have the chance to reward MVP Program students and teachers for their hard work during the school year and encourage future participation in STEM education throughout the greater Oklahoma City area," OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes said. "We received an incredible response from teachers and students during the program's first year and we look forward to furthering the program's impact in its second year."
Teachers seeking additional information about the OKC Dodgers MVP Program and how to participate may contact Katy White at email@example.com or (405) 218-2105.
Group and season ticket packages are currently available for the 2018 OKC Dodgers season. The Dodgers' home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 against the Round Rock Express at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. For additional information, please call (405) 218-1000 or visit okcdodgers.com.
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