Chevron USA, Inc. has announced the launch of its 2016 Fuel Your School programme. Nearly US$6 million will be available to help fund eligible classroom projects, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects to help bring dynamic learning opportunities to students. The programme is available to teachers at public schools in 18 US communities, with the support of local Chevron and Texaco marketers and retailers in seven of the communities.
“Chevron’s Fuel Your School programme helps equip teachers with the resources they need for engaging lessons and activities – including hands-on science based activities to spark curiosity in young minds and inspire future engineers and scientists,” said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products.
Now in its seventh year, Chevron’s Fuel Your School programme is a collaboration with DonorsChoose.org. Beginning 1 September, through 15 November 2016, public school teachers from participating communities are invited to post classroom projects at www.DonorsChoose.org.
From 1 - 31 October 2016, the Fuel Your School programme will donate US$1, up to nearly US$6 million, to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron or Texaco stations.
Project requests submitted to DonorsChoose.org are based on the needs of each classroom. Karla Jones, a teacher at Centennial Middle School in Yuma, Arizona, and one of the over 10 000 teachers who received funding for their project last year, requested materials to help her apply principles of engineering, math and physics to real world scenarios for her students. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, Jones received materials to make mock bridges, roller coasters, catapults and other structures, enabling her students to explore these subjects in new ways.
“Teachers are paying more money out of their own pockets for the supplies they need to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Chevron has helped to fund thousands of these immersive learning projects, many that have introduced the field of STEM to numerous students, providing them with new experiences that help connect what they read to real-life applications.”
Since its inception in 2010, Chevron’s Fuel Your School programme has helped fund more than 33 685 classroom projects – 16 063 of which focus on STEM – at 5155 schools in the US. The Fuel Your School programme is part of Chevron’s overall support for education, which has totalled over US$300 million worldwide since 2013, helping to provide students with the critical skills they will need to succeed in the jobs of the future.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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