Lake Charles, La. – July 08, 2013 – CITGO Lake Charles hosted the 7th annual Earth Day Poster Contest in mid-April 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, the CITGO Environmental Protection Department sponsors a poster contest each year for the students at E.K. Key (kindergarten through 5th grade) to express their knowledge and awareness of the environment through an imaginative art display.

CITGO Lake Charles Manager Environmental Protection Phyllis Holifield said environmental stewardship is a CITGO core value that surpasses generations.

“CITGO is excited to partner with E.K. Key Elementary every year to promote Environmental Stewardship. Teaching children the value of taking care of our environment goes beyond the classroom - it makes a difference on the Earth throughout generations,” Holifield said.

Earth Day themes at E.K. Key vary throughout the years and this year’s theme was, "Nature’s Recyclers.” The students were given two weeks to creatively construct their posters. Once completed, the posters were given to a CITGO committee for judging and choosing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each grade level. The winners were announced by CITGO employees on April 18, during the school's morning announcements.

Furthermore, in alignment with the corporation's values of environmental stewardship, endorsed by our parent company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), CITGO continues to work with E.K. Key Elementary on beautification projects for the school. This year CITGO is donating funds for additional playground equipment. Last year, the CITGO Environmental Protection Department sponsored a project to plant camellias, daylilies and other plants to line the circular drive. In previous years CITGO and its employees have donated a bench that was built around an oak tree on the E.K. Key playground; planted 36 rose bushes and a magnolia tree in front of the school; and contributed funds towards playground equipment.

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 Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit