SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1, 2021 – As a new school year gets underway amid continuing challenges posed by the pandemic, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is providing $250,000 in shareholder funds as matching dollars to help teachers supplement classroom education with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. This is the fourth year that SDG&E is partnering with DonorsChoose an education nonprofit that empowers public school educators to post their projects and raise donations to fund them.
“Our region has faced and overcome several challenges over the course of the pandemic, which have made distance learning difficult for our children. It’s more important than ever to continue to support teachers as they transition back into the classroom environment.” Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief executive officer. “SDG&E is proud to help provide these influential teachers with the extra resources they need to develop projects and hands-on activities to inspire children to be the scientists, engineers and innovators of the future.”
SDG&E first launched its partnership with DonorsChoose in 2018. Recognizing that teachers often use their own money to purchase supplies, the partnership in the first three years provided a cumulative $664,159 in matching funds to teachers for classroom STEM projects. Since the program launched in 2018, the STEM collaboration between SDG&E and DonorsChoose has supported 1,320 teachers and 180,784 students at 723 schools in more than 33 school districts. SDG&E continues to expand the program to support teachers with new needs caused by the pandemic, such as supplies that can no longer be shared among students and equipment needed to enhance distance learning.
“Our teachers need resources to get creative to engage with students and cultivate their interest in STEM. The ongoing support from SDG&E enables teachers to take learning to a new level,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “We especially appreciate SDG&E’s focus on equity, making sure students from schools serving low-income communities have expanded access to resources and supplies."
How it Works
In support of equity for schools in disadvantaged communities, SDG&E will provide a double match (2-1) for eligible teacher projects at schools in disadvantaged communities as determined by CalEnviroScreen.
Teacher STEM and distance learning projects of $1,000 or less at schools within SDG&E’s service territory in San Diego and Southern Orange Counties are eligible to receive matching funds from SDG&E on the DonorsChoose platform. Last year, 65 percent of the 266 schools in 31 school districts receiving funding from SDG&E were in disadvantaged communities.
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas infrastructure; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE). For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.
About the San Diego County Office of Education
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is inspiring and leading innovation in education so that all students can thrive in a future without boundaries. The County Office helps the county’s school districts operate efficiently and with significant cost savings by leveraging resources to perform personnel tasks and provide staff development and other services. With a focus on equity, innovation, and career technical education, SDCOE directly educates more than 3,000 students at more than 20 sites each year and provides support services to more than 500,000 students across 42 school districts. For additional information on how SDCOE is innovating education and working to guarantee all students graduate prepared for college, career, and life, visit www.sdcoe.net or connect with @SanDiegoCOE on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.