Richey students LyondellBasell pen pals

Richey students meet LyondellBasell pen pals
Posted on 05/07/2018
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Glenn Bollman, a chemist at LyondellBasell poses with his pen pal, Josephar A. from Richey Elementary. 

By: Jade Wise
Pasadena ISD Communications

Third and fourth grade students at Richey Elementary recently got the opportunity to meet their pen pals from LyondellBasell for the first time at a meet-and-greet celebration at the campus. 

The celebration capped off the yearlong program in which students and LyondellBasell employees wrote monthly letters back and forth during the school year.

“Through the pen pal program, students improve their writing skills, learn the lost art of writing a letter and get to learn about different career opportunities,” said Fernando Ruiz, a peer facilitator at Richey. 

The LyondellBasell refinery, which is located about two miles from the campus, has a long-standing relationship with the school. 

“This partnership has been a major benefit to Richey,” said Ruiz. “In addition to the pen pal program, they also help us by judging our science fair, the building of our new playground and other various programs.”

Denise Jennings, the Community Relations Director for LyondellBasell said that over 150 employees annually volunteer to write students on a monthly basis.

“Not only has LyondellBasell ‘adopted’ Richey, but the employees have as well,” said Jennings. “Our employees love this program. It gives them the opportunity to volunteer and impact students without having to even leave the office.” 

One of those employees, Glenn Bollman, a chemist, has been involved with the program for over 20 years and said that what he finds most rewarding is reading about the students’ ambitions.

“The students don’t see limitations; they see their future as something that is achievable. What we try to do through the letters is to help them see that through studying, reading, math and academics, they can achieve anything that they put their mind to.”

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