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Fuel Your School

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important,” says Bill Gates.  As local teachers gear up for the fall semester, you can help provide them with needed supplies and instructional aides for their classrooms just by buying gasoline at participating Chevron or Texaco stations.  

Through an innovative collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, Fuel Your School funds classroom projects submitted by teachers who don’t have the necessary resources for their students. 

In October, Chevron will donate $1 every time eight or more gallons of gas are purchased, up to up to $300,000, to help fund projects for public schools in Kern County. 

Every year, public school teachers spend an average of $356 of their own money to buy items for their classrooms; and, this adds up to $1.3 billion per year in out-of-pocket expenses.  DonorsChoose.org is a national organization that coordinates funding all over the country.  Some of the requested items might be technological tools like iPads, interactive whiteboards, or just good old-fashion papers and pencils.  Anything the teachers need to help their students succeed.

Chevron believes that effective Education including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can foster bright young talent for the future workforce and healthy economic growth for the country.  At DonorsChoose.org, the most requested STEM items include science and math magazines, lab notebooks, safety goggles, owl pellets, magnifying glasses, and calculators.    

“The Chevron Fuel Your School program is a great, easy way for community members to help donate directly to local students and make a positive impact on their Education and future by simply filling up their gas tanks,” says Adam Alvidrez, Public Affairs Representative for Chevron. “I encourage all of Kern County to help spread the word about this exciting program and help fuel their local schools today.” 

Since Chevron started the partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the company has invested nearly $775,000, funded over 1,000 classroom projects, and reached over 90,000 students in Kern County and other areas where Chevron operates.

Nationally, since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in additional communities.  Chevron has invested more than $100 million over the past three years in Education programs.

The Fuel Your School program can make a big impact for local students in their future. Tell everyone you know – friends, relatives, even the cashier at the grocery store – about fueling up in October, and be sure to go to Facebook and “like” Chevron Fuel Your School.  To learn more, visit www.FuelYourSchool.com.

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