Brett Scull Laces Up for Fun Run
Apr 20, 2018
Scull, a Civil Supervisor at Shell Deer Park, has spent two years on the Deer Park Education Foundation Board of Directors and has been a champion of the Fun Run volunteering as the Sponsorship Chair since 2013. What started as a small request to help promote the run, grew into one of his primary passions and something he is excited to watch grow into the future.
With the 9th Annual Strides for Schools Fun Run only a week away, Shell’s own Brett Scull is off to the races.
“I grew up in a family where both parents were teachers and I constantly watched them spend their own money to provide the most fun and engaging lessons for their students,” said Scull. “When I joined the Strides for Schools Fun Run, I didn’t realize how unique of an opportunity we have in this community. Every penny raised from the event goes directly to teacher educational grants. These grants encourage outside the box thinking and ultimately develop future leaders in Deer Park in ways that otherwise would not have been possible.”
The Fun Run began as a thank you to the community for Shell Deer Park’s 80th anniversary and with the Deer Park Education Foundation at the helm has grown exponentially ever since. The event continues to see more partners and sponsors come on board with students and their families lining up to start the race. In 2012, approximately $8,000 was raised from sponsorships. Fast forward to 2018 and the industry and community business partners have averaged around $115,000 in donations per year.
“This is truly a hallmark community event,” continued Scull. “You have the Education Foundation and Deer Park ISD along with the students and their families, residents, business and industry all coming together to support student learning, because in the end, the whole community benefits.”
Registration is open for the Strides for Schools Fun Run scheduled for April 28 and every registration is matched dollar-to-dollar by Shell Deer Park. Scull encourages everyone to participate.
“From running the 5k to coming out and cheering on the runners, there’s something for everyone. Plus, as an avid runner, watching the smile on the faces of the kids when the starting gun goes off is priceless,” continued Scull.
What to Expect This Year
The Shell 7-Mile Perimeter Band will be performing at the start/finish line and many of the sponsors will have booths as well as the Deer Park ISD Band’s Booster Club will be running the concessions stand.
After the Fun Run this year, Brett will be trading in his running shoes for steel toe boots as he embraces a new chapter in life as the Civil Engineering Discipline Lead with Basrah Gas Company in Iraq; a public/private joint venture, made up of South Gas Company, the majority shareholder and operator, Shell and Mitsubishi.
“As a long-time proponent of the Strides for Schools Fun Run, I would encourage the entire community to continue to support and grow this great event,” said Scull. “In the near future, the students in the Deer Park ISD will be serving as the leaders of our community and industry. We are all responsible for making sure they are as prepared as possible to lead us successfully into the future.”
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