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bunker hill fifth graders, exxonMobil to donate $3000 to keep sam houston looking monumental



May 14, 2004 --


Sam Houston MonumentWHAT: Adopt-a-Monument Ceremony for the Sam Houston Monument


WHEN: 9:15 a.m., Monday, May 17, 2004


WHERE: International Sculpture Garden, Hermann Park


WHO: Remarks by Jill Jewett, Special Assistant to Mayor Bill White; Steve Cassiani, President, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company; Sally C. Reynolds, Chairman Houston Municipal Art Commission; Pamela Ingersoll, Building Services Department, City of Houston; Kathleen Wahl and Marshall Heins, Bunker Hill Elementary.


DETAILS: The Sam Houston Monument was adopted in 1997 by Bunker Hill Elementary School’s fifth grade class after each student wrote to the CEO of Exxon Company, USA, asking for monetary assistance to maintain the restored Houston icon. ExxonMobil met the children’s challenge by matching their fund-raising and has done so ever since. This year, their partnership will donate $3,000 to the Municipal Art Conservation Office and the Houston Municipal Art Commission, bringing their total contributions for the last seven years to $31,190.00.


The Adopt-a-Monument program allows citizens to help underwrite the preservation of public outdoor sculpture by adopting a specific artwork for a five-year period. Currently, 30 sculptures are available for adoption. The Municipal Art Conservation Office, located in the City of Houston’s General Services Department, administers the program.