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Gene Krantz at Texas City ISD SmartLab Announcement

Written by Bill Laurienti

Apollo 13 hero Gene Krantz delivered the keynote address as Texas City Independent School District announced plans for a new SmartLab HQ at Blocker Middle School. 

Valero Energy Corporation provided funding for the new STEM lab.

The active involvement and support of area businesses and professionals with Texas City schools is model for community involvement in public schools.

We are proud to be selected as their partner in STEM education and look forward to becoming part of this vital community.

Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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