AMARILLO — Area school district representatives and law enforcement joined Toot’n Totum in officially launching a program aiming to enhance school security.

Toot’n Totum’s initiative features 17 “Spirit Pumps” which are located in each of the communities they serve in the Texas Panhandle, as well as Oklahoma and Kansas, according to a press release. Toot’n Totum locations featuring Spirit Pumps will raise funds for school security by providing 5 cents per gallon of fuel sold through the Spirit Pumps.

A press conference held Wednesday in Amarillo at a Toot’n Totum location near Amarillo Caprock High School showcased one of the Spirit Pumps, featuring the Caprock Longhorns logo. In Dumas, the Toot’n Totum on S. Dumas Ave. features a Dumas Demon Spirit Pump while the Toot’n Totum location in Sunray features a Sunray Bobcat Spirit Pump.

“Eduction is the most important resource in our communities and children deserve to learn in a school that is safe and conductive to helping them be the best they can be,” said Toot’n Totum Vice President of Operations and Fuel Supply Andrew Mitchell. “If we can help foster  that goal, then it’s our responsibility to do so.”

Several individuals spoke at Wednesday’s press conference including representatives of Amarillo ISD schools, River Road ISD, and law enforcement officials Jeb Hilton with Amarillo Police Department and Larry Payne of the Dumas ISD Police Department.

Chief Payne thanked Toot’n Totum on behalf of the Dumas Independent School District for the company’s efforts in promoting safer schools.

The program actually began a few days before the official announcement of the project on Wednesday. Toot’n Totum reports the initiative will run Sept. 1, 2019 through April  2020.

The company says Spirit Pumps are going to benefit Amarillo ISD, River Road ISD, Canyon ISD, Perryton ISD, Dalhart ISD, Stratford ISD, Dumas ISD, Borger ISD, Pampa ISD and Sunray ISD in Texas as well as school districts in Boise City, Oklahoma, and Liberal and Hugoton, Kansas.

“While we don’t know yet how much each high school will receive, we are very encouraged by the initial response from our guests and all those involved,” Mitchell said. “Our goal is to make a difference for each of these schools.”

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