Christmas came a little early for students at Pueblo Elementary School.
The school’s library was abuzz with excitement Monday morning as $1,300-worth of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) materials funded by Chevron’s “Fuel Your School” program were delivered to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in Gowan Achievement Program Science Teacher Evelyn Figueroa’s class.
For the last 10 years, “Fuel Your School” has partnered with nonprofit organization DonorsChoose.org to help local classrooms acquire the hands-on materials they need to enhance students’ educational experiences.
Figueroa submitted a request through DonorsChoose for a “Mad Scientist Lab” earlier in August. A month later, she received a response from Chevron letting her know that not only had her project been fully funded, but it would be personally delivered by company representatives.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Figueroa said excitedly. “It’s really a huge honor. It isn’t enough for students to read about science – they need opportunities to explore with actual materials.”
Following a few opening remarks, Chevron Marketer Business Consultant George Wolter and Shay Oil Company, Inc. Supervisor Craig Shay distributed three large boxes filled with supplies amongst the students gathered.
Students tore into the boxes right away and were elated to find measuring tools, lesson kits and light prisms – simple tools that make a big difference in their day-to-day learning.
According to Chevron Marketer Business Consultant George Wolter, many teachers, including Wolter’s wife, often dig into the generosity of their own hearts and wallets to supply their classrooms with engaging materials.
“That’s why are so proud of this partnership and are one-hundred percent behind it,” Wolter said. “These items help facilitate learning and students’ grasp of core fundamentals.”
To date, $500,000 has been raised in Yuma through the “Fuel Your School” program and donations from Shay Oil Company to supply 119 STEM projects to 33 local schools. According to Wolter, this year’s goal is $120,000.
During the month of October, every eight gallons of gas purchased at a participating Chevron or Texaco station contributes one dollar to support more “Fuel Your School” projects in Yuma schools.