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Ardmore Man Donates $50,000 to Save State Science Fair

ARDMORE, OK (KSWO) –James Young from Ardmore has donated $50,000 to save the State Science Fair from being cut out of the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s budget this year. The science fair was eliminated as part of $38.2 million in cuts to the Public School Activities Fund.

“I thought this was just not right,” said Young. “I happened to have enough money to help. I may not be able to fix everything, but I can fix one thing. Science fairs are just as important as athletics, music or art or anything else we do in school. There are a lot of kids involved in science fairs who don’t’ get to participate in those other activities.”

Young earned a science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and taught for a number of years. Young said he worked with students in science fairs in the past and knows what this participation can mean for them.

“It is the generosity of spirit of individuals like Mr. Young that make Oklahoma such a great place to work and live,” said Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “He saw a problem and instead of complaining, he decided he personally could do something to help. I am humbled by his kindness.”

“It is now more important than ever to provide opportunities for students to establish strong foundations in STEM. In addition to equipping them to compete in the ever-changing job market, STEM skills promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are important in all aspects of life,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said. “We celebrate and are incredibly grateful for the support our schoolchildren receive from within the community, and Mr. Young is a tremendous example of what a difference it makes when parents and neighbors selflessly volunteer time and resources to support public education.”

The event is held annually at East Central University in Ada.

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