By Greg Lydon
A happy group of second grade students at Peres Elementary School in Richmond received school materials through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Townsend Bryson’s classroom lit up as the project materials were presented to the students for the first time.
The gift is part of an innovative collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, an online charity to help students in need.
All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on the website, requesting support that ranges from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons.
Chevron is donating $1 for every fill up of eight gallons or more between Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, up to a total contribution of $1 million.
“This is the third year that the Fuel Your School program will have a direct impact on the local public schools in Richmond,” said Nigel Hearne, Chevron Richmond Refinery General Manager.
“We are committed to investing in STEM (science, math and technology) education programming in the West Contra Coast Unified School District to help (the district) realize its vision of improving access to quality education for all students,” he said.
This year the program expanded to nine areas, including Portland, Houston and Orange County, along with the Bay Area.
Consumers can track classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com.
Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30 or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects.