Throughout the month of October, drivers who fuel up at local Chevron and Texaco gas stations can help equip classrooms in Contra Costa and Alameda counties with direly needed supplies and materials.
On Tuesday, Chevron USA announced its sixth annual Fuel Your School program, where the company donates a dollar to benefit classrooms each time a driver purchases more than 8 gallons of fuel at participating stations. As a result of the program, up to $1 million will be donated to assist teachers at East Bay public schools, the company said.
Funds raised during October will fulfill teacher requests for educational tools their school cannot afford. Starting today, local public school teachers from Alameda and Contra Costa counties are invited to post requests for eligible classroom tools and projects on DonorsChoose.org.
Last year, 66,399 East Bay students benefited from the Fuel Your School program, which funded 661 classroom projects. Students at Richmond College Prep Charter School, for example, received laboratory equipment including a microscope, slides, safety goggles, beakers and a scale.
“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.”
Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund more than 23,500 classroom projects at more than 4,000 schools in the U.S., according to the company.
Chevron places an emphasis on promoting programs that enhance education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, which prepare youth for jobs of the future. Since 2013, the company says it has invested $200 million in STEM education worldwide.