Madison, Wis. – May 1, 2015 – Schenk Elementary students can pick out a free book today when Bess the Book Bus stops at their school from 12:30PM-2:30PM, courtesy of CITGO and Francois Oil, which operates 13 CITGO branded locations throughout Southern Wisconsin.

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach program founded in 2002 by Jennifer Frances in honor of her grandmother, Bess O'Keefe. Frances now travels the country in the bus, handing out free books to children who have never owned a book of their own to help spread the joy of reading.  

“Giving back to our community and working with our partner CITGO is an important part of our mission at Francois Oil,” said Ed Francois, general manager of Francois Oil. “We all know how important it is for children to begin reading at an early age to chart a course for future success.  We look forward to bringing Bess the Book Bus to Madison and giving kids at Schenk an extra boost on the way to a bright future.”

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is one of the main sponsors of Bess the Book Bus as part of its larger Fueling Good initiative, designed to give back to the communities the company serves through local civic and charitable engagement.


CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. 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 CITGO Holding, 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