Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Returns to Alaska
Innovative Collaboration with DonorsChoose.org will help generate up to $165,000 for local public school teachers and students
ALASKA, Sept. 3, 2014– Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE: CVX) today announced the second annual launch of its Fuel Your School program in Alaska. This year, the program will expand to 22 U.S. communities to give educators necessary tools for students to learn, explore, and get excited about school. Chevron encourages STEM-related projects, to help prepare students for jobs of the future.
“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.”
Last year, Chevron helped fund projects in 75 public schools in Alaska. This year, 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 $165,000 in the municipality of Anchorage, the boroughs of Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks North Star and Denali, and the city of Nenana.
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 campaign, filling up at Chevron means filling local classrooms with the resources to help students and teachers succeed,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO 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 Monika Oldham, a teacher at Willow Crest Elementary School, who lacked the resources to expose students to engaging and effective scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, he and his students received hands-on teaching tools, such as magnetic manipulatives, allowing her students to learn through the use of visual aid.
“Since many of my students are just learning to speak English, having hands-on teaching tools available gives them a visual aid that makes skills more understandable,” said Monika Oldham. “By offering them the opportunity to show what they know, informal assessments are simplified and students enjoy demonstrating their understanding.”
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. 1, 2014, public school teachers in the municipality of Anchorage, the boroughs of Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks North Star and Denali, and the city of Nenana 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. 2 through Nov. 30, 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 everyfacet 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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