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Reliant hosts aquarium experience to schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 18:29:36-05

More than 650 fifth-graders whose school districts were impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s landfall will be able to visit the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) this month, thanks to a generous donation from Reliant.

Children who attended Fulton Learning Center were invited to receive an immersive and unique educational adventure Tuesday morning.

A donation of more than $17,000 from the Texas-based electricity company will support a STEM-based Aquarium program for hundreds of students in the Coastal Bend region.

Representatives with Reliant Energy say they wanted to give back to the communities that were hit hardest by the 2017 storm.

The school districts include Aransas County ISD, Aransas Pass ISD, Ingleside ISD, Port Aransas ISD, Refugio ISD, Woodsboro ISD, and Austwell-Tivoli ISD.

As of mid-February, more than 250 students have already visited the Aquarium, with more than 370 additional students expected through the end of the month.

“We’re grateful to Reliant for allowing hundreds of students the chance to embark on an educational journey through the Aquarium,” said Tom Schmid, President & CEO of the Texas State Aquarium. “Their generous donation is just one of the many ways that Reliant has shown its steadfast support for our community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.”

“Reliant is honored to support local education and help students across the Coastal Bend area have access to fun and unique learning opportunities like the one Texas State Aquarium provides,” said Elizabeth Killinger, President of Reliant.