CHESTERFIELD, Va., March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Local CITGO Marketer Petroleum Marketers, Inc. (PMI) and CITGO Petroleum Corporation presented Amanda Simon, a ninth-grade teacher at Lloyd C. Bird High School, with $1,000 in school supplies as part of the CITGO Fueling Education Program. Simon was one of 109 elementary, middle and high school teachers across 27 states and the District of Columbia who won customized packages of school supplies tailored to the needs of their specific students and classrooms.

Lloyd C. Bird High School teacher Amanda Simon and her ninth-grade students receive their CITGO Fueling Education prize from CITGO Region Manager Arnold Walton in Chesterfield County, Va.

"Winning this award was so exciting for all of my students and colleagues. I entered the contest hoping that I would get lucky and my wish came true. This prize will benefit my students for years to come," said Simon. "A big thank you goes out to CITGO and PMI for supporting education in local schools."

CITGO Region Manager Arnold Walton and PMI Marketing Manager Steve Firkins delivered the supplies in January and helped Simon and her enthusiastic students open the boxes, which included a digital document camera with microscope attachment.

"CITGO has a history of helping its Marketers support wonderful organizations like the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The CITGO Fueling Education program is one of the most rewarding community assistance initiatives that CITGO has established. It's wonderful to now make a difference in the education of area students," said Firkins.

Through the CITGO Fueling Education Program, teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members could win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. Three $1,000 winners were randomly selected from across the CITGO marketing footprint. An additional 25 teachers that submitted entries through Instagram received $1,000 in supplies and a $100 CITGO Gift Card through a random drawing.

Petroleum Marketers, Inc. (PMI) is an employee-owned family of companies whose first goal has always been customer service. PMI offers complete lines of branded gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, home heating oil, bulk lubricants and motor oils. In addition, PMI operates branded convenience stores throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Its philosophy, its employees and its superb distribution system have enabled PMI to become one of the largest petroleum marketers in the Mid-Atlantic region.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Local CITGO Marketers own and operate 300 CITGO locations in Virginia and West Virginia, including approximately 45 locations in the greater Richmond area, and are proud to support local organizations and educational institutions, such as Lloyd C. Bird High School. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

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

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