Hess Donates Toy Trucks to Elementary Schools in North Dakota

October 27, 2020

BISMARCK, October 27th — Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) announced today that it will donate the just-released 2020 Hess Ambulance and Rescue trucks and STEM education kits to every elementary school in North Dakota for the third straight year, totaling approximately 6,700 trucks in all. Aligning with the state’s Strategic Vision for education, Hess has again partnered with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to find new opportunities for interactive teaching and learning. The STEM curriculum guide, designed by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach, uses the 2020 Ambulance and Rescue model of the iconic toy line as a learning tool that introduces elementary age students to different STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way.

One of the first schools to receive the toy truck kits will be the Sweet Briar School, a one room rural elementary school serving students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. With only 23 students at Sweet Briar, every student at that school will have their own Hess Toy Truck to work with the STEM curriculum. North Dakota State School Superintendent for Public Instruction, Kirsten Baesler, visited the school today to make the announcement. “I’ve seen the faces of our North Dakota students when they get these Hess trucks. Their eyes light up and they are so excited,” said Kirsten Baesler. “These trucks, and the STEM curriculum that comes with them, are a notable contribution to the education of our young people. It gives our teachers another tool for instruction.”

Brent Lohnes, General Manager for North Dakota said, “On behalf of all of my colleagues at Hess, we want to say thank you to all educators and first responders who are working in the COVID-19 reality of 2020. It certainly is fitting this year that the truck not only provides a strong STEM curriculum but highlights first responders.” Lohnes added, “Hess’ mission is to be the most trusted energy partner wherever we operate and to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to play a role in North Dakota supporting education and STEM.”
This year’s truck is the first-ever Ambulance from Hess and pays tribute to all first responders. The heavy-duty medical transport includes an oversized passenger compartment that doubles as a carrier for the Rescue partner, an accompanying rugged on/off road pickup truck. Lisa Strom, an emergency medical responder with the New Salem ambulance, spoke about the importance of the 2020 truck to the first responder community; “I volunteer with an amazing group of people who selflessly give every time that call goes out. These individuals go above and beyond when duty calls to help. Thank you to the Hess Toy Truck program for honoring those who choose to answer that call to make our communities safer.”





Hess will ship the toy trucks to each elementary school in November, and the STEM curriculum will be available for download or will be distributed electronically. Teachers will be able to use the materials as part of their curriculum going forward. The Hess Toy Truck has been a holiday tradition since 1964 and is one of the longest running toy brands in the U.S.

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Hess has maintained a presence in North Dakota since 1951 and is today one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the state. In the past several years, Hess continues the commitment to North Dakota by investing in community initiatives to strengthen education, workforce development, health and human services as well as support disaster relief. In 2020 alone, Hess has supported numerous community organizations across North Dakota, investing approximately $1 million. More information on Hess Corporation is available at http://www.hess.com.

Hess in the community:
At Hess, we are committed to being a trusted energy partner and community member in all of our areas of operation. One way we do this is by integrating social responsibility into the way we do business. Proactively engaging with communities and stakeholders to support education, health and wellness, the community and the environment.

Hess provides ongoing support to first responders throughout North Dakota. In addition, Hess is proud to support the following in North Dakota in 2020: Bismarck State College JET Program, Blood Drives, Companions for Children, Farm Rescue, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, Greater Minot Zoological Society, Greater North Dakota Chamber, Great Plains Food Bank, Great Tomato Festival, Heritage Singers, Intelligent Pipeline Integrity Program (iPIPE), JDRF, Magic City Discovery Center, Make-A-Wish, Minot State Hockey, Minot FFA Alumni Auction, Minot Sunrise Rotary Club, MSU Summer Theatre, Mule Deer Foundation, North Dakota Rodeos, North Dakota Safety Council, North Dakota Special Olympics, North Dakota State Fair Foundation, Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, Recovery Reinvented, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Save the Maah Daah Hey, Souris Valley United Way, UND Mechanical Engineering Department, Upper Missouri Relay for Life, Vision Zero, YMCA Summer Unplugged; State of North Dakota.

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