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Chevron Fuels Science Needs At WW Schools

Marie Riley led a free introduction to ‘Relaxing into Flexibility' via acupressure, chi kung breathing, etc., Jan. 15 at Kaneohe Library. She teaches more in-depth classes each week at Windward Community College (see What's Up pages). Photo by Nathalie Walker, nwalker@midweek.com.

Marie Riley led a free introduction to ‘Relaxing into Flexibility’ via acupressure, chi kung breathing, etc., Jan. 15 at Kaneohe Library. She teaches more in-depth classes each week at Windward Community College (see What’s Up pages). Photo by Nathalie Walker, nwalker@midweek.com.

New to Hawaii this year, Chevron U.S.A.’s “Fuel Your School” program benefited 110 public schools in the state in 2013, including 10 in Windward Oahu.

In partnership with the online fundraiser Donors-Choose.org, the national energy company contributed $1 for each 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, especially in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), and to enhance tomorrow’s workforce — including the supply of engineers for Chevron.

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.”

Classrooms on the following area campuses won grants: Kahuku, Kaelepulu, Lanikai, Kahaluu, Laie and Kainalu elementary schools; Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate, King Intermediate, and Kailua and Castle high schools.

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