Atlanta, Ga. – April 2, 2012 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and its lubricants blending plant in Atlanta donated more than 1,500 pieces of laboratory equipment, including workbenches, beakers, flasks and ovens to the City of Atlanta School System. The equipment will help students at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Forest Hill Academy advance their science and chemistry education.

“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,” said Brenda Rhoades, plant manager of the CITGO Atlanta lubricants blending facility. “We hope this laboratory equipment sparks the scientific imagination of all the students involved.""

“We cannot thank Brenda and the team at the CITGO lubricants plant enough for their generous contribution to our schools,” said Vincent Tolbert, model teacher leader for the City of Atlanta School System’s Office of High Schools. “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.


CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.citgo.com.