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Beaufort County School District Superintendent Frank Rodriguez, Parker’s Community Outreach Manager Olivia Parker, and Board of Education Vice-Chair Cathy Robine. Submitted photo.

Parker’s gives $56k to Beaufort County School District

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From staff reports

Parker’s, which operates 71 convenience stores in Georgia and South Carolina, has donated $56,000 to the Beaufort County School District.

According to a news release, the proceeds came from Parker’s “Fueling the Community” program. The promotion gives one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to local schools.

Superintendent Frank Rodriguez accepted the donation on behalf of the school district.

“This partnership with Parker’s is a wonderful example of a strong community partnership,” Rodriguez said in a release. “The company’s visible annual donation is greatly appreciated by our employees who serve our children in so many aspects of the district.”

Part of the Parker’s donation will help support the school district’s annual “Support Person of the Year” recognition program, which honors school nurses, social workers, bookkeepers, office managers, teacher assistants, school secretaries, bus drivers, and technology and data specialists. Other funds wil go to specific schools designated by Parker’s “Pump Pal Club” customers when they purchase their gasoline on the first Wednesday of each month.

“We’re incredibly honored to support the hard work of district employees who serve the children of families right here in Beaufort County through our Fueling the Community program,” Parker’s Community Outreach Manager Olivia Parker said in a release. “At Parker’s, giving back is part of our DNA. We want to be a force for positive change in the communities where we operate stores and believe education has the power to transform lives.”

Parker’s launched its charitable initiative in 2011 and has donated money to public and private schools in every community where Parker’s does business.

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