A penny per gallon fueling Port Huron’s education

Liz Whittemore

Photo Editor

One penny can make a difference.

The Port Huron SpeedyQ Markets are giving back to the community through the Speedy Q Fuel Your Education fundraiser.

SpeedyQ Markets donates one penny from every gallon of gas sold on Tuesdays to the Port Huron School District.

Beginning in November 2011, the Fuel Your Education fundraiser collected just under $991 in the first month.

“Our organization has benefited from being part of this community and we were looking for a way to participate in the community in a way that engaged our customers,” said Kyle Lawrence, Vice President of SpeedyQ Markets.

“In a time where a downward facing economy is essentially negatively affecting everyone in some way, every little bit helps,” said Rachel Kobylas, a Port Huron resident.

Five area SpeedyQ Markets are participating in the fundraiser. Participating locations are located at 10th Street, Water Street, Pine Grove, Wadhams, and Lapeer Avenue.

Sign showing the progress of the Fuel Your Education fundraiser inside the window of the tenth street SpeedyQ Market and gas station on Feb. 6, 2012.  Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

Sign showing the progress of the Fuel Your Education fundraiser inside the window of the tenth street SpeedyQ Market and gas station on Feb. 6, 2012. Photo Credit: Liz Whittemore

“I have noticed that more of our customers are aware of where their gas gauge is on Tuesdays and are happy to participate in the program,” said Lawrence.

The money that is raised on Tuesdays will be distributed to schools in the Port Huron district in the form of individual grants.

“It’s good to see that even in trying times, there is an effort being made to support our educational systems,” said Kobylas.

According to Lawrence, the fundraiser is on track to hit their annual goal of $10,000.

“We have set our budget for this year and are looking forward to doing something next year to give back to our customers and community,” said Lawrence.

 

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