The Chevron Fuel Your School program this year funded 1,102 classroom projects in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with nearly half of them focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, the company announced Thursday.
The Fuel Your School program, which has run every year in October since 2010, has Chevron donating $1 toward teacher 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 East Bay teachers on DonorsChoose.org for school supplies and materials to carry out educational projects.
This year, 465 local projects funded through Fuel Your School focused on using STEM subjects, according to Chevron. Among the most requested items: safety goggles, science and math magazines, tablets and laptops, calculators and motors. The growing interest in STEM is welcome news for a company that has been making significant investments in that arena with the goal of preparing young people for jobs of the future.
“We are proud to support our local teachers in helping their students get excited about STEM and encourage them to pursue STEM courses, and ultimately, STEM careers,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products.
The Fuel Your School program benefits communities where Chevron operates nationally. This year, it has generated more than $8.8 million for classrooms in 21 communities and benefited more than 1 million students. Since 2010, the program has helped fund 33,685 classroom projects at 5,155 U.S. schools.
At Verde Elementary in North Richmond, kindergarten students this year received activities for active learning, such as an I Spy Alphabet Aquarium and Phonemic Awareness Activity Tin, with the aim of stimulating word and number recognition for future readers.
“These materials will help the children to engage in lessons that offer many opportunities to master the skills needed to help prepare them for their educational careers and expand their future career opportunities,” said Jean Kintscher, a Verde teacher.
Check out this info graphic that goes over some of the facts and figures connected to the 2015 Fuel Your School program in the East Bay: