Not many people can say with certainty they have the best job in the world. For Jennifer Torres, she’ll tell you proudly and often.

For the past 10 years, Jennifer has served as coordinator of The Deer Park Education Foundation (Foundation). She was raised in Deer Park, Texas, and her children were too. She believes serving the community’s teachers and students is an honor she doesn’t take lightly.

"I’m very connected to the teachers and students in the Deer Park community. It’s very personal for me, and such a joy to be able to provide resources to classrooms."

Jennifer Torres, Coordinator, The Deer Park Education Foundation

At Shell Deer Park Chemicals, we power progress by providing the building blocks that make everyday products and are the solutions to our future, all from the historic birthplace of Texas.

The site operates 24 hours a day and is a unique combination of processing equipment, control rooms, storage tanks, environmental protection equipment, office buildings, shops and warehouses – all run by highly skilled, well-trained and experienced employees.

The 5K annual Strides for Schools Fun Run One is one of the Foundation’s main fundraising events. From strollers to grandparents, the Fun Run is a family event that brings together local industry and businesses, the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce and Deer Park Independent School District (ISD), to celebrate teachers and students alike.

On your mark

The Foundation designed the Fun Run program so all registration costs directly benefit local classrooms and use these funds to award Teacher Enrichment Grants. Yearly, teachers submit grant applications for their innovative ideas that will help their students flourish. These ideas can range from music programs, speakers, field trips, to sensory play and building outdoor habitats. 

“From elementary to high school, we are seeing the outcomes of hands-on learning. From science experiment kits to visiting authors, the grants are opening these students’ minds to a different way of learning. When it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) materials, they often need to be replenished yearly, and a lot of school budgets can’t accommodate.”

Jennifer Torres, Coordinator, The Deer Park Education Foundation
Medals for fun run participants

Get set

Shell Deer Park has been the presenting sponsor of the Fun Run since its inception in 2010, created in honor of Shell Deer Park’s 80th year in the community. This year, to commemorate Shell Deer Park’s 95th year in the community, a new challenge was created - the Campus Stem Grant Challenge. Each Deer Park ISD school campus that received at least 95 Fun Run registrations, won a $2,500 Stem Grant from Shell Deer Park. The Deer Park ISD campus with the most registrations won an additional $2,500. This challenge is in addition to Shell Deep Park’s $50,000 sponsorship of the Fun Run, as well as up to a $50,000 match for Fun Run registrations. This year’s run had the highest registrations to date, with 2217 people who laced up for their community.

“We have had the honor of growing hand-in-hand with the City of Deer Park over the past 95 years,” said Nathan Levin, General Manager, Shell Deer Park Chemicals. “We believe STEM programs funded by the Strides for Schools Fun Run can help develop the next generation of employees and leaders in our community. This is important to us at Shell because we believe our workforce should reflect our community.”


With so many memories of Fun Runs past, Jennifer finds it difficult to pick a favorite memory. Instead, she likes to relish in how far the event has come, and how far it can go. One district-wide grant she holds close to her heart is the Reading Recovery Program. It is a short-term intervention for children who have the lowest achievement in literacy learning in the first grade. Children meet individually with a specially trained teacher for 30 minutes each day for an average of 12-20 weeks. The goal is for children to develop effective reading and writing strategies, so they can create a solid footing with which to begin. 

“This is full circle for me, especially growing up here. I want these student and teachers to know how important they are to the community, and we support them with the opportunities to grow and learn.”

Jennifer Torres, Coordinator, The Deer Park Education Foundation

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