Toyota Revs Up E-Learning Support in Southwest Indiana
Princeton, Ind., (October 7, 2020) – As virtual learning continues across Southwest Indiana, many students are still without the technology and access needed for school.
To help meet the need, Gibson and Vanderburgh County Schools will receive $400,000 from the Toyota USA Foundation for devices and internet access to assist more than 27,000 students with distance learning.
“Many students in Gibson County have significant barriers to accessing technology and connectivity,” said Gibson County Superintendents Eric Goggins, Stacey Humbaugh and Ja Wilson. “Toyota’s support will help bridge the digital inequities for our students in rural communities and will strengthen our teachers’ ability to deliver instruction and resources—especially in a time where digital access is essential for all students. Thanks to Toyota for continuing to be a great corporate partner to our schools.”
These grants are part of 31 awarded by Toyota to communities across the country to help bridge the digital divide in today’s increasingly digital society.
“Toyota strives to create access for those in our communities to have the resources and tools needed to live healthy, happy and productive lives,” said Leah Curry, Toyota Indiana plant president. “And, now more than ever, in a world where connectivity is a necessity, being connected is a key tool for our students to thrive. We want to help them do just that.”
While e-learning became a necessity due to circumstances in early-2020, gaps in local infrastructure and available equipment has complicated education for students and teachers locally and nationwide.
“Because of the hardships surrounding COVID-19, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation joins other schools in our community and across the nation in providing virtual learning options for students,” said David Smith, EVSC superintendent. “However, not having access to a device or Internet connectivity should never be a barrier to a student’s learning or limit his or her options for learning. Thanks to this grant, the EVSC can ensure that even more students have the devices and access necessary to provide high-quality educational instruction whether a student is in person or learning virtually. We are so thankful for the great partnership we have with Toyota and are blessed to have them as part of our community.”
Toyota also debuted a new education hub, providing virtual tours, fields trips, STEM-based lessons, and more. The community can virtually visit Toyota Indiana to see where our popular Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna and Sequoias are produced and step into the future to discover how Toyota is building a mobile society.
Education hub resources are free and available to the public by visiting Tour Toyota Education Hub .
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 40 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2019.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.