Chevron’s 2015 Fuel Your School Program Provides More Than 1 Million Students with Classroom Supplies to Inspire Learning
SAN RAMON, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced today that its 2015 Fuel Your School program generated more than $8.8 million to help fund 10,126 classroom projects, including 4,351 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The program, an innovative collaboration with DonorsChoose.org to support public education in 21 U.S. communities, helped provide teachers at 3,805 public schools with much-needed resources for their classrooms.
"We're proud to provide more than 1 million students with the classroom materials needed to help foster their interest in STEM subjects and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow," said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. "By working together – with community members, teachers and parents – we're helping to ensure our students receive access to hands-on learning and inspire them to pursue STEM education."
Through the program, $1 was contributed when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel during the month of October at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in 21 select markets, up to each market's cap.
Darlene Wonggaew, a third-grade teacher at Da Vinci Innovation Academy in Hawthorne, Calif., requested a Physics Fun Park Electronics Discovery Kit to help students gain a better understanding of the laws of physics and how these concepts are used to create and run an amusement park. Chevron's Fuel Your School program helped make this a reality for Wonggaew and her students.
"Children remember concepts best when they have the opportunity to discover why something works," Wonggaew said. "The items Chevron's Fuel Your School program helped fund will allow my students to create their own Physics Fun Park by building games and rides that incorporate magnets and electricity, while learning the laws of physics behind the games."
The Fuel Your School program is part of Chevron's total commitment to education, both inside and outside of the classroom. Chevron has invested nearly $250 million since 2013, supporting programs that focus on STEM education initiatives designed to provide students and teachers with the critical skills and resources needed to succeed in jobs of the future.
Since its inception in 2010, the Fuel Your School program has helped fund 33,685 classroom projects at 5,155 schools in the U.S.
"We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron has helped to positively impact the lives of countless students and teachers by helping to provide them with some of the top most requested STEM items – including math manipulatives, hands-on biology kits, lab safety gear, digital microscopes, tablets and laptops, as well as basic classroom supplies – to inspire engaged, hands-on learning,"
For a full list of communities that participated in the 2015 Fuel Your School program, please visit www.FuelYourSchool.com.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Through its 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 petrochemicals and additives; generates power and produces geothermal energy; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. 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 1.9 million people have donated $371 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 16 million students have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.
Updated: December 2015