Toyota Fund Distributes $1 Million to Schools

Sep 16, 2013 12:15 PM ET

Eight school districts in Lee, Union and Pontotoc counties are upgrading with $1 million in grant money from Toyota.

The first Toyota Wellspring Education Fund grants will add computers and other technology to classrooms, build thetechnology backbone in some districts and expand access to pre-kindergarten and tutoring programs in others.

"We want to do what we can to enhance the opportunities," said Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Vice President Doug Formby. The grants will benefit 26,000 public students in the three counties that banded together to create the Blue Springs site where Toyota located.

Toyota has delivered $20 million of the $50 million it pledged over 10 years to build an endowment overseen by CREATE Foundation. For the first three years, CREATE used $1 million annually to offer higher-caliber professional development opportunities to school leaders and educators, conduct curriculum audits and lay the foundations for the Wellspring School for Professional Futures.

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