SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevron and DonorsChoose.org today are announcing the kickoff of the Fuel Your School campaign where during October, consumers in Salt Lake and Davis counties will have the opportunity to help generate up to $500,000 in funds for classroom projects in local public schools.
Consumers can help generate funding for local public schools in Salt Lake and Davis counties by simply filling up at participating stations from October 1 through October 31. Chevron will donate $1 to help fund classroom projects every time motorists purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at any participating Chevron or Texaco station.
Educators at approximately 300 eligible public schools in Salt Lake and Davis counties have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms through Fuel Your School. By visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com, community members can track how much money is being raised in their city as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators.
This marks the second year of the Fuel Your School campaign – the first Fuel Your School took place in California's Bay Area in 2010. The campaign is part of Chevron'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.
"It is not news that every state in the nation, including Utah, has made painful spending cuts in education. Sadly, this comes at a time when we need more investment in education," said Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Larry K. Shumway. "Chevron's Fuel Your School offers help in these critical times. The six districts in Salt Lake and Davis counties will benefit greatly as Chevron pumps up to $500,000 into underfunded classrooms."
"We are extremely proud to sponsor Fuel Your School and expand this campaign to Utah's Salt Lake and Davis communities," said Dale Walsh, president, Chevron Americas Products. "Chevron is invested in helping provide students with the resources and tools they need to become future leaders and innovators and we are committed to improving and supporting our local schools and communities with funding for critical education resources."
Eligible public and charter school educators from Salt Lake and Davis counties are encouraged to post eligible classroom projects at DonorsChoose.org. Although Chevron emphasizes the need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects, projects focusing on other subjects will also have the opportunity to apply for funding as part of the 2011 Fuel Your School campaign.
"Last year Chevron brought much needed materials and supplies to more than 114,000 students in the Bay Area," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "DonorsChoose.org is proud to be a part of the Fuel Your School campaign for the second year and to continue working with Chevron to help support Utah's schools and students."
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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. More information is available at www.chevron.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org) is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers post requests, and then individuals can browse and fund projects that speak to them. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and teacher thank-you letters. To date, 193,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $88 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through DonorsChoose.org, individuals from all walks of life have helped 5.3 million students.