San Ramon, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org today announced that the 2013 Fuel Your School program generated nearly $7.1 million in 16 U.S. communities, benefitting more than 8,000 local public school classroom projects, including more than 4,000 resources to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and impacting a total of 940,440 students. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations. Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 17,000 classroom projects in the U.S.
Through Chevron's 2013 Fuel Your School program, teachers at more than 2,500 public schools received valuable classroom resources. Kelvin Smith, a science teacher at Kipp Ways Academy in Atlanta, wants to see 100 of his students become engineers – an especially challenging goal since the Atlanta middle school could not afford lab equipment. Fuel Your School helped provide Smith with physical science lab kits to help him reach his goal.
"I teach in one of the most impoverished areas of Georgia but I teach students of limitless potential," Smith said. "The lab equipment I requested will play a large role in making science more fun for my students and with helping the students learn physical science concepts."
"Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration to help our local public schools and to help support young students with an effective education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. "At Chevron, we depend on an educated workforce to meet our business needs, and we know that an educated and skilled workforce helps lead to economic growth for our business and the communities where we operate."
Fuel Your School is a part of Chevron Corporation's multimillion dollar holistic education commitment to support educational programs, including 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.
"Teachers spent on average nearly $500 of their own money last year on materials for their students," said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "Chevron's innovative Fuel Your School program addresses the lack of adequate public school funding by helping equip and empower teachers to benefit students and improve education."
Through the Fuel Your School program, $1 was contributed when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel during the month of October at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, generating up to nearly $7.1 million, to help fund eligible classroom projects in local public schools in the following 16 U.S. markets:
- Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Calif.
- Sacramento County, Calif.
- Kern County, Calif.
- Orange County, Calif.
- Select cities in the South Bay* portion of Los Angeles County, Calif.
- Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), Calif.
- Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs, Alaska
- Multnomah and Washington counties, Ore.
- Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah
- Ector County, Texas
- Harris County, Texas
- Jackson County, Miss.
- St. Tammany, Orleans, Plaquemines, St Bernard, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Lafayette, Jefferson and Vermillion parishes, La.
- Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties, Georgia
- Miami-Dade County, Florida
The Ector County and North Coast Fuel Your School programs were supported with the help of local marketers. Chevron also supports similar Fuel Your School international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia. Chevron works with local communities, governments and non-profit organizations to help increase learning opportunities for students and support the development of the social and economic vitality of each community. Over the past three years, Chevron has contributed nearly $100 million for education in the U.S.
*The select cities are: Carson, Compton, Culver City, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Lomita, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Santa Monica, Westchester, and Torrance.
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 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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