Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Benefits 25,314 Students in Anchorage and Mat-Su
Collaboration with DonorsChoose.org generated more than $144,500 to help fund 214 eligible classroom projects for local public school teachers and students
Anchorage, Alaska – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org announced that the 2013 Fuel Your School program, which launched for the first time this year in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna borough, generated more than $144,500 benefitting 214 local public school classroom projects, including 100 resources to help support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and impacting 25,314 students.
Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, teachers at 75 public schools in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna borough received valuable classroom resources. Monika Oldham of Willow Crest Elementary School in Anchorage received a variety of magnetic manipulatives, which allows her students to better understand the science behind magnetism and will give them a chance to conduct hands-on experiments.
“Since many of my students are just learning to speak English, having hands-on teaching tools, such as magnetic manipulatives, available gives them a visual aid that makes skills more understandable,” Oldham said. “By offering them the opportunity to show what they know, informal assessments are simplified and students enjoy demonstrating their understanding.”
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.
“The Fuel Your School program is an innovative approach to help foster bright young talent for the future workforce and healthy economic growth of our country,” said Jeff Mulholland, owner of several Anchorage Chevron stations. “By working with specialized and 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 Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna borough, generating more than $144,500, 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 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. Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.
Posted: January 9, 2014