NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, (l), and Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory accept a check for $105,000 from Chevron representative Julie Wirth during the Safeway Open earlier this month.
Students at four NVUSD elementary schools will experience science in a real-world, hands-on way, thanks to Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s $105,000 donation in connection with the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa in early October.
The “Living Labs” at Northwood, Canyon Oaks, Donaldson Way and Pueblo Vista Magnet elementary schools will enable teachers and students to explore concepts and key ideas that cut across all sciences, such as cause and effect; and to introduce students to the practices that scientists and engineers use to investigate and build, such as scientific inquiry.
“This donation directly supports one of our key initiatives in our draft strategic plan, that students will experience responsive, engaging pedagogy and high-impact teaching and learning strategies,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “That means hands-on learning that is interesting, challenging and based in real-world concepts.”
The donation will fund materials and equipment, such as sampling and measuring equipment and protective wear for experiments, science journals and robotics kits; portable mobile devices such as tablets or ereaders; field trips to destinations such as Lawrence Hall of Science or the Marine Mammal Center; and professional development for teachers.
As a sponsor of the Safeway Open Golf Tournament and an advocate for education, Chevron wanted to find a way to support local schools in the Napa Valley area. Stan Teaderman, owner of Allied Propane, and Don Walker, Chevron Brand Manager and part-time Napa resident, worked with Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory to help facilitate the donation.
“What a great way to support our children,” Gregory said. “I was just happy to be able to play a small part, by introducing the Chevron folks to Dr. Mucetti. Then they all took it from there.”
According to Mark Matheny, Brand Specialist at Chevron, the donation was part of a challenge on the par 3, 11th hole during the Wednesday ProAm round that preceded the Open. For every tee shot that hit the green, Chevron would donate $3,000 to support local students and teachers impacted by last year’s wildfires. Thirty-five golfers hit the green and at the gala that evening, Chevron presented Gregory, Mucetti and Napa Valley Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Stewart with a ceremonial check for $105,000.
Since 2013, Chevron has invested $400 million in educational partnerships globally, benefiting more than 650,000 people.