Kelly Fimbres, who has been teaching for 10 years at Peres Elementary School in Richmond, thinks outside the box when it comes to her students. Over the years she has used DonorsChoose.org to fund over 68 classroom projects and supplies.
Chevron’s Fuel Your School program in partnership with DonorsChoose.org recently gave Timbres a surprise visit providing her class with two Apple iPad minis and an Apple iPod Nano including all the accessories. The excitement of the 20 second graders was heightened by Oakland A’s mascot Stomper who hand delivered the boxes.
Fimbres humbly shared how through the DonorsChoose.org platform she was able to get a crock pot, blender, gardening supplies, and create a greenhouse and miniature garden right outside her classroom. With a passion for nutrition, Fimbres has her students make breakfast smoothies, apple sauce, and even created a class cookbook.
“I want my children to learn to eat healthy, have a love of learning and to know that they are applying STEM, science, technology, engineering and math when preparing meals and projects,” she said.
Eighty-five percent of the school’s population is English Language Learners. Fimbre’s students are from low-income families and qualify for the school’s lunch program.
“Being able to use the DonorsChoose.org online platform to broadcast my classrooms’ needs has been a tremendous help. With the right supplies and resources these children will be even more prepared at every level,” Fimbres said.
Mike Wirth, Executive Vice President of Downstream and Chemicals at Chevron, congratulated Fimbres and inspired students with his love of science and technology. As he shared his educational path, Wirth encouraged the students to continue in STEM as they enjoyed a science project in class.
“With teachers like Fimbres and Chevron’s commitment to education, students will be more prepared for their future and competing globally,” Wirth said.
Carolina Martin, DonorsChoose.org Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Business Development, said her organization is a great value to teachers who face budget cuts and come out of pocket for school supplies.
“We encourage more teachers to use our platform to meet the growing needs of students in the educational system – it gets the community involved in supporting tomorrow’s leaders,” she said.
Elizabeth Carmody of the Contra Costa County Unified School District and Chevron Community Engagement Manager Andrea Bailey commended Fimbres’ teaching style.
“It really takes teachers like Ms. Fimbres to give children a great start and Chevron is a proud supporter of her efforts in line with our commitment to education,” said Bailey.
Since 2010, Chevron’s Fuel Your School program has committed $140 million toward education in the U.S. focusing on science, technology, engineering and math from early education through employment.
To date, the Fuel Your School program has generated nearly $4 million to support more than 500 schools and 4,000 classroom projects in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. For more information visit DonorsChoose.org.