CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (9/26/12) – East Calloway Elementary in Murray is one of 10 schools statewide receiving funding from a $115,000 grant by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., to launch an innovative program to help create quality learning opportunities for young children in Kentucky.
The grant, presented by the auto manufacturer to United Way of Kentucky during a news conference at the State Capitol, will go toward the establishment of Toyota bornlearning Academies® at East Calloway and nine other Kentucky elementary schools. The Toyota bornlearning Academies® will help teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to 5 years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.
The other grant recipients are Hiseville Elementary in Glasgow; Crabbe Elementary in Ashland; Burgin Elementary in Burgin; May Valley Elementary in Prestonsburg; Grandview Elementary in Bellevue; H.W. Wilkey Elementary in Leitchfield; Berea Elementary in Berea; Farley Elementary in Paducah; and Boston Elementary in New Haven.
“It’s so important that young people be prepared to learn when they enter school,” said Wil James, TMMK president. “Yet, we all know that too many children are unprepared upon enrollment, and it is a difficult struggle for them to ever catch up. The Toyota bornlearning Academies® will help parents become more aware of how their young children learn.”
Each of the 10 Toyota bornlearning Academies® will serve as a fun and innovative community resource for parents and teachers to collaborate in early childhood development and explore ways children can learn through everyday interaction.
“Improving early education opportunities for Kentucky’s youngest citizens helps ensure their future success in the classroom and beyond,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “The Toyota bornlearning Academies® will help prepare young people as they enter school, and they will more likely be engaged throughout their school careers and become employable and productive adults.”
The initial bornlearning concept was created by United Way Worldwide. Doug Eberhart, president of United Way of Kentucky, said Toyota’s commitment to creating 10 such academies in Kentucky is an important step in raising the state’s overall educational attainment. “The engagement of young children through learning provides long-term benefits for the children, their schools, their communities and the state as a whole. We are grateful for Toyota’s foresight and long-term commitment to education in Kentucky.”
Toyota employs about 6,600 team members at its Georgetown manufacturing plant; another 1,800 work at its North American manufacturing headquarters operation in Erlanger. Team members commute from 39 counties.
Information provided by Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations
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