Gas Fillups Support Lessons

Chevron U.S.A.’s latest “Fuel Your School” promotion generated $350,000 for 120 Hawaii public schools, including nearly $20,000 for Windward ones.

Of the 247 classroom projects the corporate energy giant funded throughout the state, 106 went directly to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, impacting 22,000 students.

The program itself was fueled by Chevron’s contribution of $1 for each customer purchase of eight or more gallons of fuel at island stations during October 2014. Project requests were submitted by teachers to and were awarded based on need.

“Ensuring quality education for the children in communities where we live and work is important,” said Chevron Hawaii’s community relations specialist Carina Tagupa. “Our goal is to provide resources needed for students, including those in the key STEM areas.”

In Windward Oahu, awards were presented to classrooms from Waimanalo to Kahaluu. Teachers at Kainalu, Lanikai, Ka‘elepulu, Kailua, Kahaluu, He‘eia, Ahuimanu, Puohala and Waimanalo elementary schools; Kailua and Waimanalo intermediate; and Kailua and Castle high schools were able to proceed with their special lessons.

Sample lessons: “Voracious Readers and Skilled Mathematicians” at Kainalu and “Help My Students Create Change” at Kailua Intermediate.

Chevron Hawaii has a refinery in Kapolei and operates six retail gas stations in the state.