Innovative Collaboration with DonorsChoose.org will help generate up to $1 million for local public school teachers and students
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE: CVX) today announced the fifth annual launch of its Fuel Your School program in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This year, the program will expand to 22 U.S. communities to give educators necessary tools for students to learn, explore, and get excited about school, Chevron encourages STEM-related projects, to help prepare students for jobs of the future.
“Chevron is thrilled to support local classrooms through the Fuel Your School program,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. “By supporting and encouraging teachers and students in our communities, we are helping our youth receive a quality education and preparing our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
Lastyear, Chevron helped fund projects in 358 public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This year, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $1 million in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties alone.
In the U.S., Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. The program is committed to providing local public school students with the tools and resources needed to help them achieve academic success.
“During the Fuel Your School program, filling up at Chevron means filling local classrooms with the resources to help students and teachers succeed,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Fuel Your School makes it easy for Chevron and Texaco customers to see their real-time impact on classrooms in their community.”
All year, public school teachers post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from calculators, to microscopes, and even glowing bacteria. One of those requests came from Abigail Prather, a kindergarten teacher at Ford Elementary School, who lacked the resources to expose students to engaging and exciting activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, her students received hands-on teaching tools, allowing them to have a more positive educational experience.
“It is truly wonderful to have companies who support children’s education. The materials Chevron helped fund have made learning more exciting and engaging,” said Abigail Prather. “We were very fortunate to have their support.”
Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 17,163 classroom projects at 3,196 schools. The program has grown annually to support students throughout the communities in which Chevron operates, reaching 940,440 students last year.
Chevron also supports similar marketer co-funded programs in Midland and Ector counties, Texas; Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), California; Ada and Canyon counties, Idaho; Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Lawrence counties (Northwest), Georgia; Jackson and Josephine counties, Oregon; and Yuma County, Arizona, as well as similar international programs in Burnaby, Surrey, White Rock, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Coquitlam, British Columbia; Johor and Kedah, Malaysia; and parts of Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, public school teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are invited to post eligible classroom project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.
By visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com consumers can monitor the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2014, or until generated funds have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently browse and fund inspiring classroom projects on www.DonorsChoose.orgby making separate, individual donations.