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Everything You Need to Know About Fuel Your School in 2017


Around the DonorsChoose.org office, fall is our favorite time of year (don’t tell spring!) Here are just a few of the many reasons: Sweater weather, Halloween movies, pumpkin spice everything, and, of course, the return of Chevron’s Fuel Your School program.Every year, this program provides a unique opportunity for teachers and classroom supporters to collaborate. Since 2010, nearly 26,000 teachers have had classroom projects funded through Fuel Your School. This year up to $6+ million in funding is available for classroom projects. Here’s everything you need to know about the program in 2017.

1. How it works for teachers

Since September 1st, teachers in the eligible areas have been sharing thousands of requests for the classroom materials they need most. Check out our help center for the full program details, eligibility, and how teachers can join in.A few weeks ago, the Fuel Your School team chatted with Kim from DonorsChoose.org on Facebook Live, and they walked through the whole process of creating a project.

2. How it works for classroom supporters

As of October 1st, Chevron will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org projects for every 8 gallon fill-up in eligible cities, up to $6+ million. If you’re in a Fuel Your School city, participating couldn’t be easier: All you have to do is fill up your car as usual. Visit the Fuel Your School website for more details.One note for this year: Because of the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Chevron won’t base it’s 2017 funding for Houston and Miami on fuel sales. Instead, they’ll donate the maximum amount for those regions. Visit their FAQ for more details.

3. The impact the program has had so far

The numbers are certainly impressive: Since 2010, Chevron has donated over $37 million through Fuel Your School, supporting over 39,000 projects from nearly 26,000 teachers at over 5,000 schools. But we think teachers describe the impact best:

Your generous donations through the Fuel Your School Program have made it possible for my students to... be exposed to a technology that many of them would not have had the opportunity to use otherwise. - Mrs. Benadom-Ramirez, from CaliforniaThese are the types of programs that truly make a difference in the lives of students, teachers and community alike! – Mrs. S from California

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