Harris County Teachers Get Million-Dollar Aid Boost

In the midst of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, many Harris County teachers are going back to school without the classroom essentials they need to start the school year right.

$1 million in funding, donated by Chevron Corp., is available to help Harris County public school teachers get back on their feet with the tools they need to help students learn.

Starting now, Harris County public school teachers are encouraged to submit classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org to help rebuild their classrooms and support student learning. Eligible classroom projects include needed supplies and education materials, student-led project initiatives or student life essentials, such as clothing, personal hygiene products and food. Chevron’s goal is to remove barriers to help students focus and succeed in school.

The $1 million donation is part of Chevron’s Fuel Your School program, which has helped fund 39,496 classroom projects in communities throughout the U.S. since 2010. This year, Chevron recognizes that Harris County needs are even greater than before.

Chevron’s Karen Rawls said this year, they altered the rules a little bit. Typically, the program is tied with fuel sales.

“This year, we’re allowing teachers to buy life equipment such as food, clothing,” said Rawls.

She added they just gave their first $1,000 donation yesterday. They currently have 4,700 applications for projects to be funded. Teachers have until November 3, to turn in their projects for consideration.

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