Slawson Exploration donates toys to Head Start children in the Spirit of Christmas

Contribution to thank educators and celebrate the season of giving.

NEW TOWN, ND – Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. had the great fortune of being able to lift spirts of 168 children at the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Head Start Program in New Town, ND, today by providing a gift to each child. It is the season of giving and an opportunity to put a smile on the faces of many children. In addition to remembering children during the holidays, it’s also important to be thankful and appreciative of those who work hard daily to provide and teach fundamentals imperative to pre-K education. Eric Sundberg, Regulatory and Environmental Manager, said, “There are 41 educational staff members at the TAT Head Start Program who go above and beyond each day. During the holiday season, we wanted to be able to provide a token of appreciation to those who educate and work with our youth.”

The TAT Head Start Program is open to all children and has been in operation in the New Town area for 46 years. They serve 163-168 children per year and transition close to 220 kids per year when moves are part of the equation. In addition to working to make sure children are ready to transition to Kindergarten with school-ready skills, staff work hard to “meet the child all the way around” through hearing screens and A1C tests to catch diabetes at an earlier age. Staff educational backgrounds range from family partnership to early childhood development; there’s also a registered nurse on the team. Kelly Bradfield, Director of TAT Head Start, said, “Over 50% of kids in centers are under income. We also help families as far as trying to find homes, a basic service to make it better for babies we have. Slawson has been a blessing to us this year! The smiles we see on our children make it all worth it.” TAT Head Start serves families reservation wide.

Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. has been part of the Williston Basin community for over 40 years. The family-owned company and its employees have a long tradition of philanthropic giving, to include a recent gift of $80,000 for medical equipment to the New Town Ambulance Service, donation of playground equipment at the park in Van Hook, and working with such organizations as Head Start, the Junior League, Growing Home, Children’s Hospital of Denver, and inner-city schools in Denver and Oklahoma City. In 2013, Slawson Companies donated $300,000 to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, to be used to create housing for low and moderate income families. The company’s philanthropic efforts are driven by a passion for education and improving people’s lives. Supporting emergency responders and educators is fundamental to the Slawson culture and integral to the Slawson family approach to community investment in that “giving back makes us all stronger”.

Slawson Exploration Company, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.


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