Chevron U.S.A. Inc. this week announced that its 2014 Fuel Your School program generated $1 million in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, helping to fund 661 local public school classroom projects, 301 of which support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and impacting 66,399 students.
Through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, teachers at more than 400 public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties received valuable classroom resources. Students at the Richmond College Prep Charter School in Richmond, CA received laboratory equipment including a microscope, slides, safety goggles, beakers and a scale. These materials offer students an interactive learning experience to appreciate science.
“Thanks to Chevron’s Fuel Your School, the lab equipment will make a huge difference for my students,” said recipient fifth-grade teacher Ms. Moloney. “Reading from a textbook can never be nearly as engaging or meaningful. My students love science so much more when they can take part in hands-on scientific experiments. This will really help them develop as budding scientists.”
Chevron supports STEM initiatives to arm students with the critical skills they will need to succeed in jobs of the future. The Fuel Your School program is part of Chevron’s larger commitment to educational programs in the U.S., which in 2014 surpassed $45 million, and has totaled over $140 million since 2010.
Working with other organizations, Chevron takes a holistic approach to investments in education by getting students excited about STEM, supporting educational standards and proven curricula, and supporting teacher training.
“The talented young minds in our communities’ public schools should have tools for success – and it is our goal to help make that possible,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products. “With our innovative Fuel Your School program, Chevron can help provide teachers and students with materials like technology, books, equipment and other supplies to help them succeed.”
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 and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, generating $1 million, to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools.
This year, the Fuel Your School program generated over $8.6 million for local classrooms in 22 U.S. communities and positively impacted more than 700,000 students with needed supplies.