It’s important for public schools to have business partners stand up on their behalf. Two schools in Lexington received that support recently. Barnes Oil and Propane, Inc., located in the Batesburg-Leesville area, donated $500 to Gilbert and Pelion high schools. The money comes through Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Educational Alliance Program. Pictured are Chris Barnes, a Gilbert High graduate and representative of Barnes Oil and Propane, and school principal Ann O’Cain.