Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org today announced that the 2013 Fuel Your School program, which launched for the first time this year in Hawaii, generated $350,000, benefitting 406 local public school classroom projects, including 185 resources to help support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and impacting 32,650 students.
Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, teachers at 110 Hawaii public schools statewide received valuable classroom resources. Carol Kim of Pearl Harbor Elementary School in Honolulu received math concept children’s books and games, which allows her students to better understand math concepts and relate them to real-life situations.
“My second graders will have a much easier time understanding and making mathematical connections to basic math facts with the help of the selected children’s literature, math games and tools,” Kim said. “Fluency with basic math facts is such an important foundational skill and will make a deep impact on my young mathematicians’ academic careers.”
Fuel Your School is a part of Chevron Corporation’s multimillion dollar holistic education commitment to support educational programs, especially those in STEM, that help increase access to and the quality of education and career and technical training at every level — from education to employment. To achieve this, Chevron works with education organizations, government officials, non-profit organizations and community leaders to develop and support innovative programs that invest in tomorrow’s workforce by educating students, supporting teacher training, providing classroom resources, supporting educational standards, funding out-of-school activities and preparing workers to excel in their jobs, including possible engineering positions at Chevron.
“We know that Hawaii schools are facing some tough economic times. Now more than ever, public and private collaborations are critical to the success of our students’ future,” said Carina Tagupa, community relations specialist for Chevron Hawaii. “By working with innovative nonprofits, such as DonorsChoose.org, we can dramatically expand our investments to directly impact public school students.”
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.
Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel during the month of October at participating Chevron stations in Hawaii, generating $350,000, to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools.
This year, the Fuel Your School program generated nearly $7.1 million to local classrooms in 16 U.S. communities and positively impacted more than 900,000 students with needed supplies. In 2013, the program was available in parts of California, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alaska and Hawaii. Two of the communities, Ector County, Texas and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), Calif., were supported with the help of local marketers. Chevron also supported similar international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia.
Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 17,000 classroom projects at more than 3,000 schools in the U.S. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations.
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at http://www.chevron.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $218,127,939 to projects that inspire them. All told, 10,574,365 students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
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