$250,000 available for classroom projects in October

NAMPA — Jake Hoadley, a math teacher at Skyview High School, is elated about new calculators, compasses and protractors that were delivered to his classroom on Tuesday.

They’re gadgets he can’t wait to start using with students.

“My students need to access basic tools like a calculator because a lot of them don’t have the resources to bring even pencils or paper every day,” Hoadley said. “I want my students to have the basic tools to succeed.”

The math tools cost $796, and were funded through the Chevron Fuel Your School program. The money is raised through the community that chooses to fill up at a local Chevron or Texaco stations during the month of October, with Chevron donating $1 for each tank filled to DonorsChoose.org.

“I could never buy these materials on my own,” Hoadley said.

This month, public school teachers from Ada and Canyon counties who have active DonorsChoose.org projects could get funded by Chevron. The program will generate up to $250,000 in October, which will help fund classroom supplies and materials, including those focused on science, technology, engineering, math and hands-on activities to help connect real world experiences to classroom learning.

Last year, 273 classroom projects were funded on DonorsChoose.org, impacting 38,478 Idaho students.