FARMINGTON -- During the month of October, filling up your car will help local students participate in classroom projects that would otherwise be unavailable.
As part of the Fuel Your School program, Chevron plans to donate $1 to the program every time someone buys more than 8 gallons of gasoline at participating Chevron and Texaco stations.
The donated money, which can be as much as $500,000, will fund classroom projects in six Utah school districts, including the Davis School District.
"It's a fantastic program and allows an opportunity for teachers to identify the needs for their classroom," said Chevron spokesman Greg Hardy. "They can then use the projects to enhance their classrooms."
Chevron launched the program last year in California, and schools in Alameda County and Contra Costa County had a lot of positive feedback, said Hardy.
According to Chevron's fuelyourschool.com, Chevron raised and donated $858,445 to schools in the area.
More than 111,000 students benefited from the donated materials, as the money funded 1,044 projects. Each project received an average of $820.
"We hope teachers put projects online and the community will rally and fill up their tanks and those projects will be funded," said Chris Williams, Davis School District communications and partnerships director.
In order to benefit from the program, teachers in the selected school districts need to submit projects detailing the materials and supplies they need for their classroom projects at DonorsChoose.org. Once the correct amount of funding has been raised, DonorsChoose.org will send the equipment and materials to the teachers.
Last year, Chevron looked at a wide variety of projects from teachers in California, but was particularly encouraged by the requests that supported science, technology, engineering or math.
Along with Davis School District, schools in Canyons, Granite, Jordan, Murray and Salt Lake City school districts will benefit from the program.