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    Polk Oil Co. Awards $115,000 to High School Students

    This year marks the eighth time the retailer and marketer assisted students.

    LUFKIN, Texas -- Polk Oil Co., operator of nearly 30 convenience stores headquartered here, awarded more than $115,000 in $500 grants to 28 East Texas schools through the ExxonMobil Education Alliance, the Daily Sentinel reported.

    This is the eighth year Polk Oil applied for the grants through ExxonMobil's program, which is designed to provide Exxon- and Mobil-branded retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of local communities through educational grants to schools, the report stated.
    One school that received the grants, Central Heights High School, has received grants in the past, but has not made a decision on where this year's funds will go, according to the report.

    "Last year's grant went toward calculators in the math department," the school's superintendent, Pat Adams, told the paper. "Math and science are some of the subjects that we push a lot here."

    Adams added the funds will most likely be spent on hardware or software for the school. "We're going to spend the money where the most students can benefit," he said.

    "Polk Oil Co. has been very kind to us," Adams told the paper. "We appreciate them very much."

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