MRC Global Donates $75,000 to the La Porte Education Foundation

 La Porte, TX – In a ceremony during the grand opening of MRC Global’s new Houston Operations Complex in La Porte on October 19, the company donated $75,000 to the La Porte Education Foundation in support of classroom grants for La Porte ISD teachers.

 MRC Global’s donation will help the La Porte Education Foundation in its ongoing efforts to make the visions of La Porte ISD teachers and staff a reality by funding grants that bring new innovation and emerging technologies to the classrooms in La Porte ISD. 

 "One of our core values is to be involved in the communities where we live and work,” said Robert Stein, the Senior Vice President of Business Development for MRC Global. “This distribution center is our first presence in the city of La Porte, and we believe that one of the most powerful ways we can support the community is by supporting its teachers and children. We also recognize that an investment in students and education is an investment in our own future as a corporate citizen by empowering a new generation of future professionals in the pipe, valve and fitting (PVF) industry.”

 Stein said the company’s suppliers provided half of the donation and the MRC Global Foundation contributed the rest.  “We look forward to continuing to live out this core value in and around La Porte in the coming years.”


The LPISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to recognize the La Porte Education Foundation and corporations that donated to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. the at the LPISD Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

The companies are AAA Flexible Pipe Cleaning Company, Albemarle, The Chemours Company, Comex Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Gulf Winds International, INVISTA, Kaneka, Kuraray, Linde, Lubrizol, LyondellBasell,  Noltex, LLC, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, Rail Logix, Tellepsen,  Texas Stress, Thompson & Horton LLP, and Zachry.

A total of $43,000 was raised to assist 86 La Porte ISD employees that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.


La Porte, TX – The La Porte Education Foundation's Dollar Patrol awarded $150,600 for 176 grants on November 17 to 137 district staff members at all 12 schools in La Porte ISD.

Volunteers and administrators traveled throughout the district to distribute the checks. La Porte High School cheerleaders, Chatos and band members added spirit and excitement to the multi-campus tour.

The awards will be used for everything from a wireless assessment system that gives teachers immediate feedback from students in regards to who is understanding a lesson and who needs some additional help; 3D animal and plant cell models for science classes; iPads and laptops to help bring new technology into the classroom; and fiction and non-fiction books for classroom libraries. 

"The grants awarded today will help teachers bring a lot of innovation to the classroom," La Porte Education Foundation Executive Director Charlotte Pennye said. "Our teachers have some extraordinarily innovative ideas to improve learning."

Since 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to teachers, counselors and administrators in La Porte ISD for innovative educational projects.

Each year, corporations, small business, and family foundations support the La Porte Education Foundation by participating in the Annual Partner Program.    The Partner Program runs from August to July of each year.                                

Companies participating for the 2016/17 year include the following:  The Dow Chemical Company is a Diamond Level sponsor in the LPEF Partner Program.  LyondellBasell is a Platinum Level sponsor. Gold Sponsors are The Chemours Company, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, The Kaneka Foundation, and Kuraray.

The Dollar General Foundation and Swagelok are Silver Level partners.  Hammack & Co., CPAs, INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA, JSC Federal Credit Union, OxyVinyls, and Texas IBI Group are Bronze Level partners.