New: Signal Hill Petroleum donates $15,000 to support Rancho Los Alamitos' educational enrichment and school route program. (Use scroll bar, right)

Signal Hill Petroleum's donation builds on its historic connection with the Rancho and will fund tours of the site and assist local schools with transportation. Roughly 6,000 school children annually take part in the school tour program as part of their study of California history.

At a time when many schools are cutting back on off-site field trips and enrichment programs, Signal Hill Petroleum and Rancho Los Alamitos are partnering to ensure that schools hard hit by budget cutbacks will be assisted with transportation to and from the site. Their tours of the historic site will include educational materials that enhance the unique learning environment at Rancho Los Alamitos.

Debra Russell, Director of Business Development & Community Relations at Signal Hill Petroleum, joined her children during a fieldtrip with neighboring Prisk Elementary in Long Beach and said, "I immediately saw the beauty, importance and need to continue these programs for future generations of school children."

Dave Slater, Executive Vice President of Signal Hill Petroleum stated, "We are proud to support Rancho Los Alamitos and its educational mission with one of our largest grants to directly benefit the children of our community. Our support of Rancho Los Alamitos reflects our strong commitment to education, but it also reflects the close connection between the history of our company and the involvement of Rancho Los Alamitos in the development of the oil industry in Signal Hill and Long Beach."