Indian Hills and Ottumwa Schools Face off in “Fuel Friend-sy” to Raise Funds

Published: Oct. 7, 2020 at 5:32 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - This month, Indian Hills Community College fights against Ottumwa Schools with their individual gas pumps in the city. A fraction of payments go to each school, and they’re filling October up with contests between faculty of the schools. They’re calling this event “Fuel Friend-sy."

It’ll be a month of friendly competition, revolving around two gas pumps sponsored by Elliott Oil. Co.

Ottumwa Superintendent Mike McGrory says "we’re such good partners: Indian Hills and the district. And this is just a fun competition to raise money for a good cause.”

The wheels for this event started moving thanks to Blaire Siems at Indian Hills, whose husband first had the idea she evolved into the Fuel Friend-sy. She wanted to have "a contest to see whose pump can outperform. Why not do a contest during October to really built up some momentum? It’s a super easy way for people to help students. You’ve got to get gas, right? Everyone fills up. So why not just pick your favorite pump, fill up there, and then 3 cents of every gallon goes back to the school of your choice.”

Indian Hills' gas pump is on the BP at the corner of Jefferson and Pennsylvania. Ottumwa’s is right off of North Ferry Street after the first roundabout.

Siems says the event has "had some great donations come in. Morgan’s Corner, Godfrey’s, Hindman / Person’s Heating and Air, Bob Perkins, and Warehouse BBQ all pitched in some money. So we have $500 in cash that the winning organization gets on top of the donations from the pump.”

And the winning school will proudly display the trophy in either Dr. Thompson’s office at Indian Hills', or Superintendent McGrory’s at Ottumwa. But there’s more to the Fuel Friend-sy than just gas.

Monday, Morgan’s Corner Bar and Grill hosted a burger eating contest between the two heads. Superintendent McGrory won a decisive victory over the Indian Hills President. McGrory says it "was a nice way to kick off the month and [to make] people aware of it.”

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