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Ecolab Grants Help Energize Learning

Ecolab gives Rowland Unified School District teachers $37,000 for projects

Esmeralda Ortega, 10, and Ashley Perez, 10, impress instructor Estela Gonzales with their robotic demonstration at Villacorta Elementary School in La Puente on Friday, September 12, 2014. The class includes building and programming robots to do specific tasks such as pulling, pushing, and navigating objects on a course.(Photo by Robert Huskey) 
Luis Dominguz ,11, and Henry Lee, 9, build a robot at Villacorta Elementary School in La Puente on Friday, September 12, 2014. The robotic program includes students from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade and encourages team work and problem solving skills according to Gina Ward, Public Information Officer of Rowland Unified School District. (Photo by Robert Huskey) 

Ecolab presented $37,000 in grants to Rowland Unified teachers on Thursday at its plant in Industry. The grants represent an 8 percent increase over the money donated last year to area educators.

“We believe in giving back to the community,” said Logistics Manager Lynda Bobka. “We want to invest in our students, who may actually work with us in the future.”

The company official felt “lucky” to be associated with the Visions for Learning Grants program since it began in 1997. The grants have grown steadily over the years.

“The money has paid for everything from a kindergarten playground to instruments for a mariachi band,” Bobka noted. “We get great satisfaction from helping our local teachers fund special projects.”

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