If there are 1,900 classrooms in St. Charles Parish Public Schools, how long does it take to make and deliver 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizer if you are traveling from Canada to Louisiana with stops in Michigan and Texas along the way?
This word problem isn’t one students will find on their math work this school year, but here’s the answer – a little less than two weeks with teamwork and coordination from Shell Norco.
Last week Shell Norco General Manager Tammy Little presented 2,000 gallons of Shell-manufactured hand sanitizer, packaged in gallon pump bottles, to St. Charles Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ken Oertling.
The donation was ready just in time – the day before the district’s first day of school.
“We are delighted to deliver hand sanitizer for every classroom in our parish school system,” Little said. “These gallons of hand sanitizer represent a journey that began in Canada with the production of isopropyl alcohol at Shell Sarnia, continued to a Shell Lubricants site in Michigan for blending and then on to Houston where it was bottled, packaged, labeled and shipped to St. Charles Parish.”
Oertling said hand sanitizer is a key sanitation component in ensuring teachers and students can remain learning from the parish’s classrooms.
“We have many health and safety protocols in place for our teachers and students,” Oertling said. “The gift will directly help us accomplish those protocols.”
He added the donation could not have come at a better time, as hand sanitizer is a commodity that is not easy to come by.
“Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other germs,” Oertling said. “This donation has a direct impact on our students’ wellbeing. We appreciate our association with Shell, not just for donations like this, but also for helping us continue to offer the many educational opportunities we have for our children.”
Little said Shell Norco was excited to work with the school district.
“In addition to supporting our community, the delivery of hand sanitizer demonstrates how the chemical products Shell produces around the world are used to make a difference in our everyday lives,” she said.
Participants in the product delivery at the St. Charles Parish School Board Distribution Center also included Shell Norco representatives Renae Baker, Quinten Board, Carmine Frangella and Kathleen Salzer and St. Charles Parish Public Schools representatives including Plant Services Chief John Rome, Textbook Coordinator George Dunmiles and Administrator of Safety, Security and Athletics Kade Rogers.