Circle K raising funds for Fike and Toisnot schools

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The Circle K gas station on Ward Boulevard is donating a portion of proceeds from specially marked gas pumps to Toisnot Middle School and Fike High School.

Circle K’s “Fueling Our Schools” 2018 fundraising campaign kicks off Thursday, when the company will donate 10 cents per gallon from marked gas pumps at the 2877 Ward Blvd. location to Toisnot and Fike.

The campaign will continue after the kickoff day with 1 cent per gallon from the special pumps donated to the schools daily. Each participating school can receive up to $2,000 from the year-round program.

Circle K customers have raised nearly $900,000 for local schools so far, and more than 350 schools — including Fike and Beddingfield — participated in the 2017 campaign.

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

The Wilson location is one of 16 participating Circle K stores in the greater Raleigh-Fayetteville area,

Stores at 2007 Wayne Memorial Drive and 1818 N. Berkeley Blvd. in Goldsboro are also taking part to benefit high schools in Wayne County.

Circle K has nearly 9,500 stores throughout North America and is owned by Canadian-based Couche-Tard.