Local Schools to receive up to $100,000 to help with classroom projects

Washington Elementary school received a special delivery of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits, books, and materials through funding by Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program and DonorsChoose.org. The project materials including gauges, lamps, marbles, sand paper and flashlights, are being used to provide hands-on learning experiences in the areas of science and engineering, reinforcing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students. Mrs. Lillard, the Kindergarten teacher who applied for the project funding, is passionate about sparking her young students’ natural curiosity. Lillard shares, “One thing that rings true for all of them, despite their diverse backgrounds, is that they are excited about learning! For many of them, Kindergarten is their first real taste of school, and even though it is early in the year, their eagerness to learn is contagious!” Lillard is eager to begin the STEM units with her class, exclaiming “These units and materials are hands-on, engaging, and fun!”

Hands-on learning encourages students to explore, make, and test hypotheses in real life applications. By doing so, students become active participants in their learning. Principal Sheri Jensen adds, “Mrs. Lillard took an idea and made it into something that will have a sustainable impact on student learning in the STEM areas. Her innovation and creativity is providing students with opportunities that increase their depth of knowledge, which goes beyond a textbook approach.”

This project is generously funded by Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program and supported by Redwood Oil, Flyers Energy, and Donor’s Choose online charity. During the month of October, if gas customers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco gas stations, one dollar of their total bill will be donated to public schools, for a total of up to $100,000. Since 2013, over 160 projects have been funded by Chevron’s Fuel Your School program in Humboldt County; helping over 10,000 students locally.