Chevron Fu­els Science Needs At WW Schools

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Sports -

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, 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, 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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