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ATLANTA -- To ensure the King Tut exhibit in downtown Atlanta is well-attended, RaceTrac Petroleum made $200,000 in fuel available to Georgia schools to assist with classroom visits to the exhibition. In addition, up to 10,000 students will receive free admission to Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.
Opening at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Nov. 15, and running through May 25, 2009, the exhibit is being organized by the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University.
"This is a perfect example of how the business community can support the education of children," state superintendent of schools, Kathy Cox, told area television station WSBTV.
Nearly half of school districts nationwide are cutting back on field trips due to rising transportation costs, according to a survey by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) released July 29.
"This assistance program is the perfect opportunity for us to give back to the community by providing local children with access to an invaluable educational experience," Allison Moran, senior vice president of operations for RaceTrac, told WSBTV.
Schools are eligible to participate in the fuel program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Educators interested in participating in the program are encouraged to call 866-52GROUP or visit www.goldengasoffer.com.