Imperial school district given $5,000 grant from State Farm

Marianne Fenley, with the State Farm Good Neigh-bear, present a $5,000 educational grant to Imperial school district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.

IMPERIAL – State Farm agent, Marianne Fenley, presented a $5,000 dollar check to Imperial Unified School District’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program April 11, at the board’s regular meeting. Imperial Valley Discovery Zone (IVDZ), a program of Imperial School District, will use the funds to increase science, technology, engineering and math literacy at the school.

“I am very honored to present this grant,” Fenley said, speaking before the Imperial School board. “Two years ago, I went on a mission to get every high school in the Valley to know what was out there, available from State Farm. Imperial Unified took that information and went for it. It is a pleasure to be here today.”

After the pitch by Fenley, the Imperial school district began investigating the various grants and submitted several applications over the past year to be reviewed by the insurance company. Finally the school’s diligence paid off, Fenley said.

“I was so tired of State Farm’s grants going to schools in San Diego, I went out and spoke to all the different schools about my company’s programs,” said Fenley, a Brawley insurance agent. “Imperial schools really took to heart what I showed them, and they went after them.” Fenley said she was pleased a Valley school was finally a recipient of her company’s largesse.

“STEM is so important for our area, the education, awareness. The young scientist in each child is reached early in the lower education classes. I am beyond happy for them and where the money is going,” added Fenley.

For the presentation, Fenley was accompanied by her husband dressed in a costume as the “Good Neigh’Bear.”

Nationally, State Farm supports communities through social investments and countrywide relationships. At local levels, the company’s grants focus on three areas: safety, education, and community development, according to their webpage.