Ascent Resources provides essential supplies, sanitizers to area schools
CAMBRIDGE — Back to school is looking a little different this year with a global pandemic (“COVID-19”) on our hands. Schools have been faced with increased health protocols, financial challenges as well as the overall concern for the wellbeing of the children and faculty.
With the amplified financial strain put on districts, the team at Ascent Resources, LLC (“Ascent”) saw a need to assist with those supplemental costs in a variety of ways. Ascent is the largest producer of natural gas and oil in the state of Ohio by volume and while headquartered in Oklahoma City, its Ohio home base is Cambridge with another field office in Belmont County.
The first stop was Cambridge Primary School, which serves about 450 students grades kindergarten through second and was facing reduced contact concerns for their students. At the request of the principal and others, Ascent contributed 450 water bottles for students to use as a substitute for drinking fountains and 450 tubs to replace cubbies for this school year.
“Cambridge Primary is very appreciative of Ascent's generous donation of tubs and water bottles for our students,” said Cambridge Primary principal April Massey. “The tubs will allow students to have a place to keep personal belongings and the water bottles will be used at the water fill stations that have taken the place of drinking fountains. The safety of our students is our top priority and this donation will help support that task."
Looking at the current guidance by the governor’s office, hand sanitizer was a popular back to school item districts are expected to have an abundance of.
Ascent selected a school building and/or district in each of their operating counties to supply gallons of foaming hand sanitizer along with smaller self-pump containers for each classroom in those areas. In total over 200 gallons of sanitizer was dispersed throughout several schools/districts including Caldwell Elementary in Noble County, Rolling Hills in Guernsey County, and Bellaire Elementary in Belmont County.
“Being able to assist students and staff during this pandemic has become a top priority for Ascent Resources in Ohio,” said Amanda Finn, Director of Government Relations for Ascent Resources. “We value not only the safety of our employees and vendors, but of the communities in which we operate. Being able to contribute over $10K in COVID-19 related donations for back to school initiatives was a great cause for us to support.”
Finally, Ascent worked with Buckeye Local Schools in Jefferson County, which serves pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In order to reduce common area school supplies, the district reached out regarding its 2020-21 back to school year project. The project consisted of buying school supplies for students that would normally be classroom shared items like crayons, glue sticks, pencils, scissors, folders, notebooks, etc.
“This pandemic has made us look at how we are doing things in education. We are implementing this policy of limiting what the students can bring from home to help curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Scott Celestin, Assistant Superintendent Buckeye Local School District. “It’s on each of us to find new ways to limit the sharing of items and still make this a great learning environment for the children.”