Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Launches in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Collaboration with DonorsChoose.org will help generate up to $150,000 for local public school teachers and students
Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2013 – Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE: CVX) today announced the launch of its Fuel Your School program in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough. This year, the program will expand to 14 U.S. communities from nine communities in 2012, helping to provide educators with the classroom supplies they need to engage and positively impact the lives of students.
In 2013, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron stations, up to a total contribution of $150,000 in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough alone.
“Chevron is strongly committed to supporting students and teachers in the community and I am proud to be a part of the Fuel Your School program in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough,” said Jeff Mulholland, owner of several Anchorage Chevron stations. “Fuel Your School can help give students and teachers the tools necessary for innovative classroom projects in multiple subjects, including science, technology, engineering and math.”
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.
“Last year, the average public school teacher spent approximately $485 of their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom materials needed for student learning,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “By using our website, combined with Chevron’s community relationships and retail network, we can expand the Fuel Your School program to support more schools, empower more teachers and improve more students’ education.”
All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons. One of those requests came from Paula Baucom, a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks, a suburb in Sacramento County, Calif., who lacked the resources to provide students with fun, hands-on scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received owl pellets, along with a curriculum guide that included bone sorting charts and other resources, allowing her students to take on the role of actual scientists as they probed, classified, sorted, and analyzed the bones inside the owl pellets.
“With the state of the California budget, funding for essential hands-on science experiences has been extremely limited,” Baucom said. “With the generosity that Chevron extended through the Fuel Your School program, my students had the opportunity to make connections about food chains and ecosystems that wouldn't have been possible otherwise, and developed an increased interest and passion in science.”
Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations and has reached 899,180 students. Chevron also supports similar marketer co-funded programs in Ector County, Texas and Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), California, as well as similar international programs in Canada, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Johor and Kedah, Malaysia.
Public school teachers and other educators in Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna borough are invited to post eligible project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org beginning Sept. 1, 2013 for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.
Consumers can track the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2013, or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently fund classroom projects on the DonorsChoose.org website 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.
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