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Chevron donates to Kruse Elementary as part of national Fuel Your School event

Chevron donates to Kruse Elementary as part of national Fuel Your School event
Posted on 10/28/2019
Chevron donates to Kruse Elementary as part of national Fuel Your School event

Chevron’s national Fuel Your School program surprised Kruse Elementary students and staff with seven iPads for their third and fourth grade classrooms.

The iPads were unveiled during a special assembly, October 23, which included elected and city officials.

Four teachers received the funding based on their applications to DonorsChoose.org. The donation, provided by Chevron, will be utilized in the following ways:

• Science teacher Kristopher Petree received two iPads for Makerspace equipment to teach students how to code, how to program robots and utilize a 3D printer. Petree’s classroom received additional funding from Chevron for the purchase of a 3D printer cart and four Ozobots. The cart will allow Petree to organize the 3D printer equipment and take the cart from classroom to classroom. The Ozobots will be used to teach basic computer programming skills to third and fourth grade students.

• Laura Estrada, a third-grade teacher, plans to use the two iPads that she received to provide students with STEM-focused personalized tech time.

• Daisy Villanueva, a third-grade teacher at Kruse, will use her iPad for literacy and technology integration, which will help to strengthen her students’ vocabulary skills and grow their confidence.

• Claudia Davila, a fourth-grade teacher, plans to use the two iPads to encourage versatility and engagement with technology in the classroom.

Kruse Elementary Principal, Sandra Buckner said, “Kruse Elementary is grateful to be the recipient of Chevron’s Fuel Your School program. Chevron’s donation will positively impact third and fourth-grade students at Kruse Elementary for years to come.”

The program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, plans to donate $500,000 to Houston area public schools to aid in recovery from Tropical Storm Imelda. Pasadena residents, parents, etc. can still help the cause by visiting DonorsChoose.org and donating directly to a project. Teachers have from now until Oct. 31 to post projects for the chance to get funded. Teachers can post one project up to $1,000 in material costs, excluding taxes and fees. Projects can be for STEM resources and student life essentials such as clothing, personal hygiene products and food.

Tim Sutherland, general manager of Pasadena’s Chevron refinery, said, “Where Chevron operates, it is part of our corporate values to participate actively in those communities.”