A lubricants plant in Atlanta that is part of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil company PDVSA, is giving back to the community by providing local high schools with laboratory equipment to be used in science classes.
A CITGO press release states that the equipment includes over 1,500 items such as beakers, flasks, workbenches and ovens, all of which will save money for the City of Atlanta School System and benefit chemistry students at two schools: Forest Hill Academy and the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The latter, according to its website, is a school for girls that is focused on math and science and guided by the values of “love, nonviolent social change, and scholarship.”
Brenda Rhoades, the manager of the lubricants facility in Atlanta, had this to say of the donation: "At CITGO we are proud to give back to the community and support our local schools to ensure a promising future for our children. We know how important science education is to helping prepare students for the future – whether that is going on to college or finding a competitive job in today's market. We hope this laboratory equipment sparks the scientific imagination of all the students involved."
The donation was received gratefully by representatives of the Atlanta School System on Monday, April 2.
"We cannot thank Brenda and the team at the CITGO lubricants plant enough for their generous contribution to our schools,” said teacher Vincent Tolbert.
“This donation could not have been offered at a better time. We are able to provide these schools with the materials they need to enhance students' knowledge and practicum of science while saving the district and the schools tens of thousands of dollars."
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of lubricants blending plants, refineries, terminals and nearly 6,300 locally owned retail locations and fast lube centers.
Based in Houston, CITGO is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
For more information visit www.CITGO.com.
CITGO / Press Office - Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / April 4, 2012