Each school year, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery employees visit numerous local classrooms to discuss refinery operations and highlight the importance of getting an education. Additionally, representatives from our Learning & Development department, who provide training for refinery employees, regularly make career presentations at local junior and senior high schools. The refinery also hosts an annual interactive career fair for high school juniors and seniors.
Sparky the Fire Dog
Since Sparky the Fire Dog became a part of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery's Fire Department in 1994, he has carried his safety message to tens of thousands of enthusiatic youngsters throughout the Gulf Coast. The immensely popular robotic dalmation spends time year-round taking his fire safety message to local schools, but is always solidly booked during October - Fire Prevention Month.
Sparky talks with students about "Stop, Drop, and Roll" and home smoke detectors from his red fire truck that features flashing lights, a siren and a miniature fire hose. The remote-controlled robotic stuffed animal is a pro at teaching kids fire safety. Along with his Fire Specialist managers - who speak for Sparky and operate his movements via remote control - Sparky hopes to stop fires before they start by teaching fire prevention lessons.
As Sparky's head rotates and mouth moves with voice synchronization through a wireless microphone, the kids feel like Sparky is actually carrying on a conversation with them. After the lively lessons, the Fire Dog uses his small fire hose to spray a light stream of water throughout the audience, much to the delight of students and teachers alike. His presentation also features the distribution of personalized Sparky stickers and coloring books that reinforce fire safety messages.
Red Ribbon Week Drug Awareness Program
As Red Ribbon Week sponsors in area schools, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery employees provide more than 75,000 red ribbons to Gulf Coast schools.
During the annual October observance, Chevron employee sponsors deliver the red ribbons to schools where their children are enrolled or their spouses serve as educators. Employees present the ribbons to the classrooms and talk briefly with the students about the dangers of drug use.
Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby
The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program that promotes parent-child involvement and teaches youngsters basic workmanship skills, the spirit of competition, and the perseverance to see a project through to completion.
Chevron, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery's Black Employee Network (BEN), and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC) partner to sponsor the annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby, which is one of only two sanctioned All-American Soap Box Derby events in Mississippi, Louisiana, and South/Central Alabama.
Pascagoula Refinery employee volunteers traditionally help organize and run the local derby, held in downtown Moss Point. Formerly named the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, in 2002 the event was renamed for dedicated Chevron employee Deborah Washington. Deborah founded and organized Moss Point's first Soap Box Derby, served as MPAC president, was an active BEN member, and worked in the Refinery's Procurement group. She passed away in early 2002.
The derby consistently draws an enthusiastic field of young racers plus a cheering crowd of spectators and volunteers. Winners advance to the All-American Soap Box Derby competition, held annually since 1934 in Akron, Ohio. A portion of Chevron's sponsorship funds helps defray expenses for the winners and their parents to participate in the national competition.
Youth Sports Organizations
At Chevron, teamwork is at the heart of everything we do. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to excel, so Chevron Pascagoula Refinery is proud to support youth sports organizations and high school athletic programs throughout Jackson County.
Chevron provides funds to Jackson County youth sports leagues. We also support a number of George County and Mobile ball teams coached by Chevron employees. The Pascagoula Refinery donates to area high school athletic departments, primarily by purchasing printed program or scoreboard ads.
Additionally, area youth leagues and high school athletic programs in which refinery employees are active are eligible for Chevron Humankind grants.