An education may only be as good as the teacher, the tools, and the student’s motivation. As Metro Atlanta teachers reflect on 2013 and get ready for January 2014, some educators are taking time to celebrate academic successes and obtaining the tools that made that success possible.
The Fuel Your Schools Program’s goal is to make sure educators have the necessary tools to engage, motive, and ultimately help students build bright futures.
This year, the Fuel Your School Program, a collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, expanded from helping teachers in nine communities to providing needed classroom supplies to educators in 14 U.S. communities.
In the fall of 2013 Chevron set out to contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects whenever consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations. Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton were among the benefactors of a total contribution goal of $400,000.
Throughout the year, public school teachers across the U.S. posted classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Request ranged from pencils to microscope slides and even live tarantulas for use with biology lessons.
Kelvin Smith an eighth grade science teacher at Kipps Way Academy in Atlanta, is among the teachers reflecting on how the Fuel Your School Program has helped his class in 2013. Shortly after Smith made his request to DonorsChoose.org, his class received the “Brown Box Delivery” and a visit from representatives of Chevron in October. The delivery included needed science supplies like, test tube, beakers and other items for conducting classroom experiments.
One of main goals of Fuel Your School is to promote the STEM learning fields by encourage student’s interest in science and technology.
Kelvin Smith, a former engineer turned teacher says, “I want to see that these students believe that they can do this math and science material. I personally want 100% of my students to become engineers. I’m very serious about the material.”
Smith knows the classroom goals he has set for his students are not too hard to reach. After all, the seven year science teach has already seen one former student succeed on the engineer track in college.
Smith’s encourages his students to become excited about the math and science fields and tells them a good education will allow them to, "Position yourself to able to feed your families well and create a positive impact on our community".
Chevron Public Affairs representative, Brent Tippen encouraged teachers to post request on the DonersChoose.org because, "At the end of the day Chevron wants to help students learn and wants to help make it easier for teachers to get what they need in their classrooms to meet this goal."
Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org says, "Last year, the average public school teacher spent approximately $485 of their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom materials needed for student learning."
With tightening education budgets across Metro Atlanta and the country, programs that involve public and private efforts go a long way toward fueling the brains of students.
Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has helped fund 8,915 classroom projects at 1,924 schools. The program has grown each year to support students in various communities where Chevron has business operations and has reached 899,180 students.