Over $1-Million in Grants Given to Support K-12 Education from the Toyota USA Foundation

While other car brands out there might be described as fast, aggressive, sleek and even cunning, we would in a word describe Toyota as generous. From the amount of safety features to the number of thoughtful convenience factors integrated into each and every new Toyota model; it's evident the automaker likes to give. And, Smart Toyota of Quad Citiesis here today to tell you  that the brand's kind spirit is not limited to just four wheels.

Recently, Toyota USA Foundation awarded seven different STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs a total of $1.3 million in grant funds. This isn't the first year Toyota has contributed to K-12 and teacher development in the U.S., either. They make in-kind allocations like this every year.

"We are proud to support these organizations and educational institutions, and to help further the important work they are doing to help our country's young people excel…", explains Patricia Salas Pineda, Group VP, National Philanthropy, Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota North America. "Toyota is deeply committed to supporting the next-generation of America's leaders in these critical fields, and we look forward to seeing each of these programs…make an even bigger impact in the years ahead."1

Cognizant that good teachers are just as important to the education process as the structure of the programs themselves, Toyota USA Foundation awarded funds to six programs that were either dedicated (in whole or part) to teacher training and resources. Similarly, the Foundation awarded funds to five programs dedicated (in whole or part) to expanding student awareness and understanding of math, science, technology and engineering.

If you do the math, you can clearly see that does not add up to a total of seven programs. That's because  winning programs such Colorado Seminary, University Denver, Kids Play with Math; Fremont Education Foundation, Education, Challenge Inspire; Mobile Area Education Foundation, Engaging Youth through Engineering; O'Neil Sea Odyssey, Community Oceanography Program are all aimed at advancing both youth and teachers. The Fremont Education Foundation, Education, Challenge, Inspire, for example, is designed especially to provide California math teachers with algebra training kits and 4th- and 5th-grade students with calculators and basic lab equipment.

Interested in more feel-good stories such as this? Stay tuned. Smart Toyota of Quad Cities of Davenport assures you, there are many more where this one came from.

Source: 1http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+usa+foundation+announces+millions+new+grants.htm

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