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Chevron donation program gives $1 million to area schools

Schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to receive money for projects

Chevron launched its annual school donation program last week to provide funding to schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The Fuel Your School program will provide $1 million for eligible projects to local schools, according to a company release. Chevron, which is headquartered in San Ramon, is inviting local schools to pitch their projects to the company for funding.

While the program is nationwide, a total of 66,399 students in Alameda and Contra Costa counties received school supplies from this corporate donation program last school year.

"At Chevron, we are proud to support the educational development of the students in the communities where we live and work," Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products, said. "Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron is able to help schools and teachers acquire the materials necessary for our youth to succeed."

To submit an idea, visit www.DonorsChoose.org. From Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, Chevron will donate $1 when consumers buy eight or more gallons at participating Texaco and Chevron stations, up to $1 million.

Last year, the program funded 661 school projects, including Molly Moloney's classroom in the Richmond College Prep Charter School, which received lab equipment.

"Thanks to the help of Chevron's Fuel Your School program, the lab equipment will make a huge difference for my students," Moloney said. "Reading from a textbook can never be nearly as engaging or meaningful. My students love science so much more when they can take part in hands-on scientific experiments. This will really help them develop as budding scientists."

Several Pleasanton classrooms have active proposals online, including a $1,196 pitch from Amador Valley social studies teacher Brian Ladd.

His request is to add five Chromebooks to the department, which currently has 72 Chromebooks for 500 students. As of Tuesday, he only had about $150 to go until his pitch is funded.

Last year, projects at 19 Pleasanton schools were funded by the program, said program spokesman Brent Tippen.

Pleasanton has several Chevron stations, including one on Valley Avenue and one on Santa Rita Road, and the East Bay has more Chevron stations, including one in Danville.

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