All year, public school teachers across the U.S. post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Their needs range from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons. One of those requests came from Paula Baucom, a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks, a suburb in Sacramento County, Calif., who lacked the resources to provide students with fun, hands-on scientific activities. With the help of the Fuel Your School program, she and her students received owl pellets, along with a curriculum guide that included bone sorting charts and other resources. These materials allowed her students to take on the role of actual scientists as they probed, classified, sorted, and analyzed the bones inside the owl pellets.“With the state of the California budget, funding for essential hands-on science experiences has been extremely limited,” Baucom said. “With the generosity that Chevron extended through the Fuel Your School program, my students had the opportunity to make connections about food chains and ecosystems that wouldn't have been possible otherwise, and developed an increased interest and passion in science.” This program is one of many in which Chevron works with local communities, governments and nonprofit organizations to increase learning opportunities for students and support the social and economic vitality of communities. Chevron has invested more than $100 million in STEM education programs over the past three years. The 2013 Fuel Your School program will help fund eligible classroom projects developed by public school teachers and posted to DonorsChoose.org in the following communities:
- Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Calif.
- Sacramento County, Calif.
- Kern County, Calif.
- Orange County, Calif.
- Select cities in the South Bay* portion of Los Angeles County, Calif.
- Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs, Alaska
- Multnomah and Washington counties, Ore.
- Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah
- Harris County, Texas
- Jackson County, Miss.
- St. Tammany, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Lafayette, Jefferson and Vermillion parishes, La.
- Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties, Georgia
- Miami-Dade County, Florida
Public school teachers and other educators from the 14 U.S. communities are invited to post eligible project requests at www.DonorsChoose.org beginning Sept. 1, 2013, for possible funding as part of the Fuel Your School program.Consumers can track the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned for public schools in each community by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com. Donations earned through Fuel Your School will be used to help fund eligible classroom projects from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30, 2013, or until funds generated by this program have been exhausted by eligible projects. Anyone, including consumers and Chevron employees, may also independently fund classroom projects on the DonorsChoose.org website by making separate, individual donations. *South Bay is defined as the cities of Carson, Compton, Culver City, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Lomita, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Santa Monica, Westchester, and Torrance. 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.
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