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    Chevron Offers 'Energy for Learning' Grants

    Oil company to give $80,000 for classroom grant program.

    SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Chevron is offering $80,000 starting to area teachers, counselors, librarians and specialists in its 11th annual "Energy for Learning" classroom grant program, the company announced.

    The program's expansion also has Chevron partnering with nonprofitDonorsChoose.org, a Web site where residents can donate directly toward projects school employees submit online. Educators from nearly 50 area school districts are eligible to apply, and they can use grant money to buy materials, supplies and equipment for classroom projects that will ultimately enhance the learning environment for students, according to Chevron.

    Brook Webb, a sixth-grade teacher at Sing Lum Elementary School, has been awarded grant money through the program, including iPod Touches, calculators and other electronic school supplies. They're tools she and the school cannot pay for on their own, she said.

    "The kids are eager to use the equipment," she said. "Technology is what the kids use. It's making the learning process easier for them."

    Through DonorsChoose.org, Chevron will cover half the cost of proposed projects through the Double Your Impact campaign, and donors will provide the rest of the funding.

    Since the program's start in 1999, Chevron donated about $330,000 to local public K-12 teachers in 400 classrooms. Last year, the program gave $48,000 to 57 teachers. Chevron Spokesman Adam Alvidrez said they hope to double the outreach. Awards will be given in August.

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