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ASHLAND OIL "KERA FAIR" TRANSFORMS OFFICE INTO CLASSROOM

 ASHLAND OIL "KERA FAIR" TRANSFORMS OFFICE INTO CLASSROOM
 LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The first floor of Ashland


Oil's Valvoline and SuperAmerica office building was transformed into a "KERA Fair" for employees to showcase how education reform affects Kentucky students, teachers, parents and the general public.
 Education professionals explained the various facets of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 to hundreds of employees. And, primary level students attended class in a completely transformed office.
 A major advocate of education reform, Ashland Oil founded the Partnership for Kentucky School Reform in 1991 with Humana and United Parcel Service.
 According to John R. Hall, chairman and chief executive officer, Ashland Oil hosted the KERA Fair in Lexington to promote understanding and support for the reform effort.
 "Education reform is not a passive issue," Hall said. "We must get involved and not sit back and watch KERA unfold without us. Ashland Oil sponsored the event today, because we're committed to education reform and our children's future. And, we want our employees to understand it and support it."
 Ashland Oil employees had an opportunity from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to talk one-on-one with experts on the different facets of education reform. "Taking home printed information on extended school services, pre-school programs or school-based decision making councils is good," Hall said. "But, we wanted to provide more than that. The real learning process occurs when there is personal interaction with the people who really know how the new system is working and where it can go from here."
 To let employees personally witness the new primary grade concept of teaching, Debbie Steele conducted class for her six-, seven- and eight-year-old students in an Ashland Oil room instead of her usual classroom at Linlee Elementary School in Lexington.
 "Today's primary classrooms look different and feel different," Hall said. "Students interact in situations and learning stations that promote advancement and success in education at their own rates. You don't have children segregated by ages and sitting at rows of desks as we once did. Our employees today were able to watch the process, ask questions and take part."
 Ashland Oil employees and families were invited to return at 6:30 p.m. for an Evening Read-A-Round, which stressed the importance of parental/adult involvement in helping students learn. Education and community leaders read story selections and discussed the value of reading and continuing education. The evening's readers were Cindy Heine, associate executive director of The Prichard Committee; Dr. Ron Walton, superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and Donna Hall, civic leader and wife of Ashland Oil Chairman John Hall.
 "Ashland Oil is committed to quality education," Hall emphasized. "The KERA Fair is one of many ways we strive to improve the system any way we can and to let our employees know what is available and what they can do to help."
 Kentucky's largest corporation, Ashland Oil, Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a diversified energy corporation engaged in petroleum refining, transportation and marketing; retail gasoline marketing; motor oil marketing; chemicals; coal; highway construction; and oil and gas exploration and production.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Owen of Ashland Oil, Inc., 606-329-3586/
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