Tags: Education, Enrichment, Featured Story
Sarah Camp knows what a difference a few dollars can make.
Camp, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Berkshire Elementary, has benefitted from Chevron's annual Fuel Your School program.
"Chevron's Fuel Your School has given my students access to materials we would not normally have had access to," she said. "My students now have hands-on science labs and kits to learn from as well as technology to support the curriculum."
Throughout the month of October, $1 will be donated to local public schools (up to $300,000) when consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating local Chevron and Texaco stations in Kern County.
The money will help fund eligible classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org.
Every day, public school teachers take on one of the most important, yet daunting, responsibilities— to captivate young minds and help inspire a lifelong passion for learning and innovation. Because funding is limited, many teachers spend hundreds of dollars from their own pockets each year to provide needed materials and supplies for students. Chevron’s Fuel Your School program can help local public school students and teachers get the supplies they need for their classrooms.
Now through October 31, motorists who fuel up with eight or more gallons at participating stations will be helping local schools earn money for technology and other needs.
"There is nothing you have to do, you just go to a participating station and fill up," explained Adam Alvidrez, community engagement specialist for Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company in Bakersfield. "We try to raise as much money as we can. It's a neat way to support teachers. We know kids have a lot of opportunities and we want them to know they can do anything in life. Wherever the needs are, we want to help. It will make a big dent in the classroom budget."
Camp has been participating in the program for the past four years.
"Teaching math and science have become so much more exciting and interesting in my classroom thanks to the projects Fuel Your School has funded for us each year," she said. "During the day, when it comes time to switch to math or science there is no groaning, the room is filled with excitement to see what we're going to learn with next. We have received science kits, hands-on math manipulatives, iPads, laptops, 3D pens and so much more thanks to this program. My students are always so excited during this time of year to see what Fuel Your School will fund next."
To date, Chevron’s Fuel Your School program has helped fund 1,499 classroom projects at more than 130 schools in Kern County. Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 39,496 classroom projects at 5,134 schools in the U.S.
To track the progress of funded projects in the county, visit www.FuelYourSchool.com or join the conversation on social media on Facebook @ChevronFuelYourSchool or Twitter @FuelYourSchool and Instagram @fuelyourschool.