OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/25/13) - Foust Elementary Principal Janie Moseley and Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Nicholas Brake received a $11,500 grant this morning from Toyota's manufacturing operations in Kentucky. The check was presented by Toyota representatives as well as those from United Way. The donation will fund the 'Toyota bornlearning Academy' launching at Foust Elementary of the Owensboro Independent School District.

Toyota describes 'Born Learning' as a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

In partnership with United Way of Kentucky and United Way of Ohio Valley, the Toyota bornlearning Academy works to take action against the fact that three out of four Kentucky children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to the Kentucky Board of Education.

Foust Elementary Principal Janie Moseley told SurfKY News she has definitely seen a lack of preparation in some of her students. Language and speaking skills are just one of many issues Foust Elementary currently faces.

"Many of our students have not had enough learning conversations with adults," Moseley said. "Parents do not always realize how many opportunities there are in every single day to teach basic language skills, vocabulary, and even math skills."

There are a number of opportunities for a child to learn outside of the home, as well. Preschool is one program that allows children to learn new skills and aid in the preparation of kindergarten.

"We believe that parents love their kids and they want to do what's best for them, however, sometimes there are missed opportunities," Moseley said. "We are so appreciative of Hager Preschool and the Audubon Area for trying to target those families and for providing preschool experiences for as many kids as we can."

According to Toyota, Foust Elementary is one of 31 academies statewide, part of a five-year, $1 million investment to establish Toyota bornlearning Academies at about 70 Kentucky schools through 2016. United Way has also played a significant role in raising education funding through their mission.

"This grant shows Toyota's commitment to making the state and community a better place," Moseley said. "United Way is also a huge presence in our community and their parternship shows how focused they are on supporting families and supporting education at the same time."

A similar announcement was made at South Heights Elementary in Henderson.

To learn more about The Toyota bornlearning Academy, visit www.uwky.org/bornlearning

Evan Gorman
SurfKY News
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