Due to a lack of adequate school funding, teachers nationwide spend an average of $350 of their own money each year to pay for basic classroom materials, totaling $1.3 billion annually. Dedicated to helping to end that practice, at least for science, Fuel Your School is a partnership program among Chevron, DonorsChoose.org, an online charity to buy classroom learning materials, and local school districts.
The partnership takes the burden off teachers and funds classroom projects that prepare students for STEM careers. “We rely heavily on STEM education for our employees—we’re hiring engineers and chemists and scientists and mathematicians all over the world,” says Brent Tippen, a Chevron spokesperson. “We think that effective STEM education is one of the requirements for securing economic growth and producing a workforce that will compete in the global marketplace.”