“Educating today’s students is critical to our future, but many public schools face significant challenges,” said Bruce Chinn, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery General Manager. “With the Fuel Your School program, we are helping to provide students – the leaders of tomorrow – with the materials they need for success, and to better prepare those who are interested in careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, among others.”
Last year, Chevron helped fund projects in 26 public schools in Jackson County. This year, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1st to Oct. 31st at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $50,000 in Jackson County 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 C.E.O. of DonorsChoose.org. “Fuel Your School makes it easy for Chevron 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 Maya Dudte, a teacher at Oak Park Elementary School, who lacked the resources to expose students to engaging and effective activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received hands-on teaching tools, allowing her students to better comprehend necessary foundational skills.
“With the help of Chevron’s generous donation, our kindergarten students were given the opportunity for hands-on discovery and learning,” said Maya Dudte. “Each resource that was provided fostered a learning environment that strengthened the foundational skills needed to promote language development, math, science and sensory exploration.”
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. 1st, 2014, public school teachers in Jackson County 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. 2nd through Nov. 30th, 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.org by making separate, individual donations.
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 www.chevron.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $184 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.
Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.