May Valley gets Toyota grant for early childhood ed
Ralph B. Davis
MARTIN — For the second time this week, a major corporation has announced it is donating money to the Floyd County School System.
On Monday, AT&T announced a donation of $100,000 to the school system to be used to fund the district’s graduation initiative.
Tuesday evening, Toyota announced during a press conference at the State Capitol that May Valley Elementary was one of 10 schools chosen to split $115,000 to launch a new program aimed at early childhood education.
The money will be used to open a Toyota “bornlearning Academy” at each of the schools.
According to a statement released by Toyota, the academies are designed to help teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to 5 years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.
“It’s so important that young people be prepared to learn when they enter school,” said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. “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.”
The initial bornlearning concept was created by United Way Worldwide, and Toyota presented the grant money to United Way of Kentucky, to administer the program.
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,” Eberhart said. “We are grateful for Toyota’s foresight and long-term commitment to education in Kentucky.”
Other grant recipients include:
• Hiseville Elementary in Glasgow
• Crabbe Elementary in Ashland
• Burgin Elementary in Burgin
• Grandview Elementary in Bellevue
• East Calloway Elementary in Murray
• H.W. Wilkey Elementary in Leitchfield
• Berea Elementary in Berea
• Farley Elementary in Paducah
• Boston Elementary in New Haven
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