The force will be with many local students and teachers heading into the new school year — and also with the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) new superintendent Matt Duffy (pictured), who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at an Oakland A’s game last weekend.
For Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, Chevron Richmond brought about 150 kids and their parents from the North Richmond Green Little League, YMCA and Youth Services Bureau to the Oakland Coliseum. The company also sponsored a Star Wars-themed fireworks show after the game.
It was a summer-break-ending hurrah for the families, with Chevron providing their tickets, transportation, an A’s baseball hat, food and a trip to the company’s STEM Zone (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at the Coliseum, where they received a hands-on education on the science of baseball.
In addition to students and their families, Chevron also brought 100 teachers to the game who have taken part in the Fuel Your School program.
Fuel Your School, which has run annually during the month of October since 2010, has Chevron donating $1 toward teacher-requested projects every time a driver pumps at least 8 gallons of gas into their vehicle at Chevron and Texaco stations. Up to $1 million is then used to fund requests by Bay Area teachers on DonorsChoose.org for school supplies and materials to carry out educational projects. Last year, the program funded 1,102 classroom projects in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Saturday’s game was also an early test for one of the newest kids on campus: WCCUSD Superintendent Duffy, who is tasked with overseeing the district’s 29,000 students. As part of the partnership with the A’s, Chevron officials were provided with the “Ceremonial First Pitch” honor. They asked Duffy to throw the first pitch as a tribute to his “vision to ensure every student receives a high quality education and is prepared to be successful in the college or career pathway of their choice.”
Duffy boldly accepted the first-pitch honor, then successfully followed through with a nice throw down the middle to the catcher’s mitt.
The A’s were not as fortunate, proceeding to fall to the Mariners 4-3.
Here’s more photos from a great day at the park: