September 01, 2010 10:51 ET
Fuel Your School: Chevron Gas Stations to Drive $1 Million to Local Public Schools
Funds Available Through Retail Promotion to Help Support Classroom Projects for Public Schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) - Consumers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties can support their local public schools by simply filling up their gas tanks. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, Chevron's Fuel Your School promotion will donate up to $1 million to help bring resources and materials to local classrooms. Chevron will donate $1 every time motorists purchase eight (8) gallons of fuel or more at any participating Chevron stations in either county.
Educators at up to 640 eligible public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms through the Fuel Your School promotion. Consumers can track how much money is being raised in their city as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators who have been helped by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com.
The Fuel Your School promotion is part of the company's global Energy for Learning Initiative which partners with local communities, governments and non-profit groups to expand learning opportunities and support the development of the social and economic vitality of these communities.
"As a Bay Area company, Chevron is committed to supporting and improving our local communities," said Dale Walsh, president, Chevron Americas Products. "The innovation that drives our business depends on education based on science, technology, engineering and math. We are invested in helping to provide students with the resources and tools they need to become future leaders and innovators."
Program organizers encourage eligible public and charter school educators from Alameda and Contra Costa counties to join the program at DonorsChoose.org. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding as part of the Fuel Your School promotion.
"Our mission at DonorsChoose is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "We are pleased that, along with Chevron, we can help support the teachers and students of the participating schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in assisting them in getting the resources they need."
Chevron is also introducing the Chevron Classroom Challenge where $250,000 in grants will be awarded to ten different public schools with the most innovative projects from the Fuel Your School promotion. Project requests submitted and entered in the Chevron Classroom Challenge through DonorsChoose.org during the Fuel Your School promotion will be scored by a panel of judges. The most innovative STEM-oriented classroom projects that receive the highest scores will win one of ten $25,000 grants being awarded. For information on the rules and eligibility requirements for the Chevron Classroom Challenge, please visit http://www.fuelyourschool.com/ccc-official-rules.html
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Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters. To date, more than 131,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $54 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through www.DonorsChoose.org individuals from all walks of life have helped 3.3 million students from low-income families.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron has been headquartered in California for 130 years and is the state's largest company. More information is available at www.chevron.com/CA.