Sulphur, La. – Sept. 29, 2016 – CITGO Lake Charles employees recently donated 390 school uniform items to CITGO Partner in Education, E.K. Key Elementary School during the annual CITGO Back-to-School Uniform Drive. The uniform drive is coordinated by the CITGO Safety Directors and is part of the CITGO Corporate Social Responsibility initiative to support education by providing structure and guidance to students as they pursue academic excellence. 

Tomeu Vadell, CITGO Vice President and General Manager, said the lasting relationship CITGO has with E.K. Key Elementary is a meaningful and productive partnership. “Our relationship with E.K. Key Elementary school is a direct reflection of the heart of our employees to support the students. It is our pleasure to continue to be able to provide the school with valuable resources needed for the students’ education.”

Laura Ledoux, E.K. Key Principal, said the school supports CITGO donations of the new and gently used uniforms. “This truly enables our students to have what they need so they can give their full attention to their academics,” Ledoux said.

CITGO promotes and participates in a variety of socially responsible programs. The company also promotes the spirit of volunteerism and encourages employees to take active roles in their communities. CITGO Lake Charles Refinery is very active in supporting education at all levels in Calcasieu Parish. CITGO has participated in the Calcasieu Parish school system Partners in Education program since 1988 and currently partners with four Calcasieu Parish public schools: Sulphur High School, Sulphur 9th Grade Campus, E.K. Key Elementary School and Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site. CITGO also supports McNeese State University and SOWELA Technical Community College.

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