Chevron U.S.A. Inc. this week announced the launch of its Fuel Your School program in Hawaii. This year, the program will expand to 14 U.S. communities from nine communities in 2012, helping to provide educators with the classroom supplies they need to engage and positively impact the lives of students.
In 2013, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1-31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $350,000 in Hawaii alone.
“At Chevron, we realize the importance of a quality education for our children,” said Carina Tagupa, community relations specialist for Chevron Hawaii. “We are proud to work with DonorsChoose.org on the Fuel Your School program, which will help bring projects designed by our public school teachers to life. These projects can widen the possibilities offered to our students and challenge them to reach their full potential.”
In the U.S., Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, an online organization dedicated to helping students in need. The program was driven by the lack of adequate public school funding, which has left some teachers without basic supplies to help students complete their classroom assignments. “Last year, the average public school teacher spent approximately $485 of their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom materials needed for student learning,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “By using our website, combined with Chevron’s community relationships and retail network, we can expand the Fuel Your School program to support more schools, empower more teachers and improve more students’ education.”
All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons.
One of those requests came from Paula Baucom, a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks, a suburb in Sacramento County, Calif., who lacked the resources to provide students with fun, hands-on scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received owl pellets, along with a curriculum guide that included bone sorting charts and other resources, allowing her students to take on the role of actual scientists as they probed, classified, sorted, and analyzed the bones inside the owl pellets.
“With the state of the California budget, funding for essential hands-on science experiences has been extremely limited,” Baucom said. “With the generosity that Chevron extended through the Fuel Your School program, my students had the opportunity to make connections about food chains and ecosystems that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise, and developed an increased interest and passion in science.” Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations and has reached 899,180 students. Chevron also supports similar marketer co-funded programs in Ector County, Texas and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), California, as well as similar international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia. Public school teachers and other educators in Hawaii are invited to post eligible project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org beginning Sept. 1, 2013 for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program. Consumers can track the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2013, or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently fund classroom projects on the DonorsChoose.org website by making separate, individual donations.