Lake Charles, La. – June 11, 2012 – CITGO Lake Charles hosted the 6th annual Earth Day Poster Contest, Thursday, April 19, at E.K. Key Elementary School where winning students were awarded gift-cards and an ice cream party for the entire school. 

To promote environmental awareness and to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the CITGO Environmental Protection Department sponsors a poster contest each year for the students at E.K. Key (kindergarten through 5th grade) for students to express their knowledge and awareness of the environment through a creative art display. 

CITGO Lake Charles Manager Environmental Protection Phyllis Holifield said the importance of teaching children good stewardship of the environment is priceless. 

“CITGO is privileged to continue supporting E.K. Key as our Partner in Education and also in educating students about the importance of going green. 

Earth Day themes at E.K. Key vary throughout the years and this year, Holifield chose the theme, ""Benefits of Wetlands.” The students were given approximately two weeks to work on their posters. Once completed, the posters were given to a CITGO committee for judging and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each grade level was chosen. Holifield announced the winners, April 19, during the school's morning announcements. 

In alignment with the corporation's values of environmental stewardship, endorsed by our parent company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the CITGO Environmental Protection Department will also sponsor a project for the beautification of the school by planting camellias, daylilies and other plants to line the circular drive. In previous years, CITGO donated a bench that was built around an oak tree on the E.K. Key playground, planted 36 rose bushes in front of the school and a magnolia tree that was planted in front of the school. Last year CITGO donated monetary funds towards new playground equipment.





Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager

(o) 337-708-8039

(c) 337-515-5847



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.