$350,000 Raised For Schools
New to Hawaii this year, Chevron USA’s “Fuel Your School” program benefited 110 public schools in the state in 2013, including a dozen of them in Central Oahu.
In partnership with the online fundraiser Donors-Choose.org, the national energy company contributed $1 for each customer purchase of eight or more gallons of gas at local Chevron stations, resulting in $350,000 to help fund eligible classroom projects here.
The idea is to provide learning tools to improve education, especially in STEM subjects, to enhance tomorrow’s workforce — including the supply of engineers for Chevron. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.)
Teachers applied for a wide variety of supplies and technology aids for their students, ranging from textbooks, literature and visual arts supplies to music and gym equipment.
“We know that Hawaii schools are facing some tough economic times,” said Chevron Hawaii community relations specialist Carina Tagupa. “Now more than ever, public and private collaborations are critical to the success of our students’ future. By working with innovative nonprofits, such as DonorsChoose.org, we can dramatically expand our investments to directly impact public school students.”
Central Oahu classrooms on the following campuses won Fuel Your School grants: Wheeler, Sunset Beach, Solomon, Kipapa, Helemano, Hale Kula, Kaala and Iliahi elementary schools; Mililani and Wheeler middle schools; and Leilehua and Mililani high schools.