OKLAHOMA CITY - Third- and fourth-grade teachers throughout Oklahoma may sign up through March 15 to participate in the Oklahoma City Dodgers MVP Program: Encouraging STEM Education, presented by Devon Energy.
The free program encourages third- and fourth-grade students and teachers to participate in STEM curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and then rewards students in these subjects.
The education initiative continues to grow and expand in its third year after impacting close to 4,300 students in more than 170 classrooms throughout Oklahoma City in 2018.
"The OKC Dodgers MVP Program has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2017, and thanks to our partnership with Devon Energy, we are proud to now offer and reward participation in this STEM-based initiative across the state of Oklahoma," OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes said. "Through the MVP Program, we are providing educational resources to teachers, while motivating positive outcomes for students."
Participation in the MVP Program was initially only open to Oklahoma City Public Schools in 2017. After a successful start, the program expanded in 2018 to include additional metro-area classrooms in the Mid-Del, Putnam City, Edmond and Norman school districts. The program experienced growth of more than 200 percent from year one to year two, and now is available to all elementary schools throughout Oklahoma in 2019.
Selected students in the MVP Program will receive tickets to an OKC Dodgers game honoring MVP participants and will also receive an exclusive MVP baseball hat.
The initiative culminates each summer with MVP Field Day at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark - an exclusive event for participating MVP students and teachers, as well as their families, featuring STEM activities and appearances by OKC Dodgers players.
Participating teachers receive all necessary MVP Program materials free of charge, as well as tickets to an OKC Dodgers game honoring MVP participants, an exclusive MVP baseball hat and admission to MVP Field Day at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Teachers wanting to participate or learn additional information about the OKC Dodgers MVP Program may email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit okcdodgers.com/mvp.
Season ticket and group packages for the OKC Dodgers' 2019 season are available now. The Dodgers open their 2019 schedule April 4 against the San Antonio Missions at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Visit okcdodgers.com or call (405) 218-2182 for more information.
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