Fundraiser donates money from gas pumps to SHS

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The Sumter community will have a chance to support a local high school by doing a simple task that is often part of a daily commute.

Circle K is holding its Fueling Our Schools fundraiser on Thursday, April 19, and asking drivers to simply get gas at its participating stations, which will donate 10 cents of every gallon of fuel to a specified school. Sumter's gas station at 484 Pinewood Road will benefit Sumter High School.

Year-round, one cent from every gallon - up to $2,000 per school - at these specialty pumps goes to participating schools, but on Thursday, the stakes will be raised to the 10-cent donation.

"Circle K is passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods where we work and live," said Jeff Burrell, vice president of Global Fuels, in a news release. "Through this unique fundraising program, we are helping to address critical needs and enabling educators in the classroom and beyond."

The fundraising effort, which will also feature two stations and schools in Columbia, will support a variety of student enrichment initiatives by providing technology, resources, teacher initiatives and more.

To date, the Fueling our Schools campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools. More than 250 Circle K stores across North America participated in the fundraising campaign in 2017.