Chevron’s “Fuel Your School Campaign” Awards Big Island School

Today, members of the Chevron Hawaii team visited Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo.  They dropped off a box full of supplies and STEM-related games that Ms. Gonsalves requested in a proposal submitted to Chevron’s Fuel Your School Campaign via DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students learn.

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaina Elementary School in Hilo

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo

The supplies requested in Ms. Gonsalves’ proposal, “Hands On, Minds On,” foster collaboration, creativity and enrich a child’s overall learning experience.  Ms. Gonsalves was very thoughtful in her selection of items, including various Bingo games that teach children how to tell time and count money, Legos to help children imagine and create a built environment, magnets for classroom surveys, and four shades of brown paint because her students want painted colors that match their skin tones when they paint pictures of themselves, their families and friends.

Students opening packages.

Students opening packages.

To view a complete list of Ms. Gonsalves’ project post, click here: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=1018573

Supply Box

After the supply box was opened, students selected a game, broke off into groups and played together.  The new games and supplies are a big help to Ms. Gonsalves, who, like many teachers across the state, often spend up to $500 of their own money a year to purchase additional classroom supplies for their students.

Marble Run

This is the first year that the Fuel Your School Campaign is in Hawaii.  Throughout the month of October, everyone can help their local schools by filling up at participating Chevron and Texaco locations.  Chevron will donate $1 for every 8-gallon or more fill up, up to $350,000, to support public education at Hawaii schools.

Teachers are encouraged to post project proposals and requests for learning materials on DonorsChoose.org by November 30, 2013.  Fuel Your School is designed to help support and improve critical educational programs, particularly in STEM subjects, to help prepare students for everyday experiences and plant “seeds of interest” in future STEM-related careers.

Chevron Games

Carina Tagupa, Chevron Hawaii’s Community Relations Specialist stated, “Chevron is a stakeholder in seeing students succeed in science and math. We are proud to launch Fuel Your School in Hawaii in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. We encourage public school teachers to post projects on the Donors Choose website now until Nov 30. We also encourage families to visit our Chevron stations and fill up as $1 is donated for an 8 gallon purchase”

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