MYSTIC — Mystic Oil Company Inc., a family-owned business that supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to 100 convenience stores and fueling stations, has worked with some of its independently operated Mobil stations and ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance program to raise $6,500 for math and science programs around the region.
The company, an ExxonMobil distributor, secured 13 grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 per school from the alliance on behalf of the gas stations, according to Peter Zelken, Mystic Oil president. The company, founded in 1956 by Zelken’s great-grandfather, Aaron Agrin, operates in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Agrin was followed by Zelkin’s grandfather, Jerome Zelken, and by his father, Scott Zelken, in running the company.
Wheeler Middle School in North Stonington was among the recipients, with its $1,000 grant presented on behalf of Mystic Village Mobil, 66 Whitehall Ave., Mystic, and Sunny’s Mobil, 2414 Gold Star Highway, Old Mystic. North Stonington Elementary received $1,000 on behalf of Mystic Mobil, 34 E. Main St., Mystic, and Spicer Marketplace Mobil 560 New London Turnpike, North Stonington.
The program is ongoing, and Peter Zelken said that grant recipients “can look forward to these kinds of programs from the Educational Alliance program for years to come. ExxonMobil has committed over $30 million since the program’s inception, and more than $2 million in 2017 alone.”