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Chevron's Fuel Your School challenge raises $41,000 for Pleasanton schools, $1 million across Tri-Valley

San Ramon-based company gave $1 for every eight or more gallons pumped in October

Chevron's school project fundraiser generated nearly $1 million for 1,102 classroom projects in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, nearly half of which focus on math and science instruction.

The San Ramon-based company released its final fundraising tally from its annual Fuel Your School program, which raised $528,986 for 583 projects in Alameda County and $470,269 for 519 projects in Contra Costa County, according to a company release.

In Pleasanton, 44 projects in 14 schools were given a total of $41,797 for educational projects.

The projects funded in both counties went to 110,258 students at 434 public schools, the release stated. The funded items ranged from classroom reading books to Chromebooks.

"Chevron supports STEM at every stage — from early education through employment," said Dale Walsh, president of Chevron Americas Products, in a statement. "We are proud to support our local teachers in helping their students get excited about STEM and encourage them to pursue STEM courses, and ultimately, STEM careers."

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 to educational projects when a customer bought eight or more gallons of fuel at Chevron and Texaco stations through the month of October.

That funding then paid for projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website for classroom items.

Eligible projects were funded by Fuel Your School on a rotating basis, and the order of the funding was determined based on which projects were posted first on DonorsChoose.org in each city within Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Once the earliest posted projects were fully funded, the funding would then move on to the next posted project at another school in each city. If no other school had posted projects within a city, the next project at the same school would be funded.

Since the DonorsChoose.com website is independent of the contest and Chevron, donors can independently donate to classroom projects through the website yearround.

"These materials will help the children to engage in lessons that offer many opportunities to master the skills needed to help prepare them for their educational careers and expand their future career opportunities," Jean Kintscher, recipient teacher at Verde Elementary School in Richmond, said in a statement.

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