When it comes to funding classroom projects, local schools are continuing to get a lot of mileage out of the Chevron Fuel Your School program.
In Contra Costa and Alameda counties, 1,091 classroom projects, about half focused on the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), were funded this fall through the program, the company announced today.
Fuel Your School runs through the month of October. Every time consumers filled up with 8 or more gallons at participating Chevron or Texaco stations, Chevron donates $1, totaling $1 million. That money then goes to fund requests by teachers on DonorsChoose.org for classroom tools and materials.
In Richmond, 25 schools received Fuel Your School program funding, averaging just over $39,000 per school and impacting 3,033 students. Eleven projects funded within the city of Richmond involved STEM subjects, such as Stege Elementary, where a fifth-grade teacher had a BrickLAB STEM Foundations set to help students learn through building, and where a middle-school teacher received all the laboratory equipment necessary for an Anatomy of an Earthworm hands-on learning course.
In terms of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, 44 schools received funding, impacting 4,802 students and launching 15 STEM projects.
Since Chevron launched Fuel Your School in 2010, the program has generated $8.88 million for schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The program also exists in 16 other communities in the U.S., generating in total $5.74 million this fall for classroom projects, benefitting nearly 790,700 students.
“We are proud to support our passionate local teachers, especially in their efforts to educate and inspire young people in STEM subjects,” said Lily Rahnema, community engagement manager with Chevron Richmond.
Matt Duffy, superintendent for WCCUSD, says the donations are very helpful to educators working on tight budgets.
“These donations, especially when budgets are tight, have helped our hard-working and dedicated educators provide compelling classroom instruction, which is critical for us to keep our students focused and engaged,” Duffy said during a Fuel Your School event in Richmond earlier this month.