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Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Returns to Orange County

Innovative Collaboration with DonorsChoose.org will help generate up to $1 million for local public school teachers and students

ORANGE COUNTY, CA, Sept. 9, 2014 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (NYSE: CVX) today announced the third annual launch of its Fuel Your School program in Orange County. This year, the program will expand to 22 U.S. communities to give educators necessary tools for students to learn, explore, and get excited about school. Chevron encourages STEM-related projects, to help prepare students for jobs of the future.

“Chevron is again looking forward to supporting local classrooms with our Fuel Your School program,” said Hector Infante, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager for Chevron in Orange County. “We know how key a quality education is to success in the modern economy. With Fuel Your School, Chevron can help equip public schools with engaging classroom resources needed.” 



Last year, Chevron helped fund projects in 309 public schools in Orange County. This year, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $1 million in Orange County alone.

In the U.S., Fuel Your School is an innovative collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. The program is committed to providing local public school students with the tools and resources needed to help them achieve academic success.

“During the Fuel Your School program, filling up at Chevron means filling local classrooms with the resources to help students and teachers succeed,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “Fuel Your School makes it easy for Chevron customers to see their real-time impact on classrooms in their community.”

All year, public school teachers post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from calculators, to microscopes, and even glowing bacteria. One of those requests came from Nancy Marosi, a second grade teacher at Taft Elementary School, who lacked the resources to expose students to engaging and effective scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received hands-on teaching tools, such as Legos and building books, allowing her students to use their own creativity as they learn.

“The Legos and building books have helped bring more excitement and enjoyment to my science lessons,” said Nancy Marosi. “Chevron’s donation not only benefitted my students last year but it will also benefit the hundreds of students who I will teach over the next few years.”

Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 17,163 classroom projects at 3,196 schools. The program has grown annually to support students throughout the communities in which Chevron operates, reaching 940,440 students last year alone. Chevron also supports similar marketer co-funded programs in Midland and Ector counties, Texas; Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino counties (North Coast), California; Ada and Canyon counties, Idaho; Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale and Lawrence counties (Northwest), Georgia; Jackson and Josephine counties, Oregon and Yuma County, Arizona, as well as similar international programs in Burnaby, Surrey, White Rock, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Coquitlam, British Columbia; Johor and Kedah, Malaysia; and parts of Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, public school teachers in Orange County are invited to post eligible classroom project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.

By visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com consumers can monitor the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2014, or until generated funds have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently browse and fund inspiring classroom projects on www.DonorsChoose.org by making separate, individual donations. 

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; 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 is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com. 

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $184 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.

Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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