The Fuel Your School program just wrapped up its eighth year, and we’re so excited to share the results! Since 2010, we’ve worked with Chevron to help teachers from select communities across the country get the supplies they need for their classroom (here’s a little more information about how the program works). By filling up their cars with 8 or more gallons this past October, Chevron customers generated nearly $6 million to help fund classroom projects in 17 U.S. communities. Here are a few of our favorite highlights from the 2017 Fuel Your School program.
Getting the Final Results
Since November, we’ve been crunching the data for this year’s Fuel Your School impact, and we think the numbers speak for themselves. This year’s campaign helped fund more than 7,000 classroom projects at 2,900 schools, impacting nearly 765,000 students. Since 2010, 1 in 16 U.S. public schools have received funding from Fuel Your School.
Here are just a few of those 7,000 projects that especially inspired us this year.
Offering Support after disasters
When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck Texas and Florida this fall, we immediately got on the phone with the Fuel Your School team to figure out the best way to help impacted teachers and students. To make sure classrooms got the supplies they needed as quickly as possible, Chevron lifted their October fuel-up requirement in Harris County, Texas and Miami-Dade County, Florida, and donated $1.5 million to provide everything from food and clothing to books and furniture.
Sharing Innovative Maker Projects
New to Fuel Your School this year, teachers in the Bay Area were encouraged to submit projects for the Chevron Maker Contest, with the chance to win up to $5,000 in classroom funding. Contest winner Mrs. Head, from Alameda, CA, impressed the judging panel with her project, “STEM in the Library: Building Bridges, Building Empathy.” The FYS team got the chance to interview her at the Bay Area Maker Festival in October to talk all things making:
Meeting basic student needs
Last year we opened up DonorsChoose.org to teachers looking to meet students basic needs in and out of the classroom. This year, the Fuel Your School program stepped up to support these types of projects, funding coats, hygiene items, food, and more to help students come to school ready to learn.
One of the teachers who had a Life Essentials project funded by Fuel Your School is Ms. France from Louisiana. Her project requesting warm coats will help her students focus in class so “when winter comes they will be ready for the colder weather.”
Thank you to the amazing team at Chevron for their support!