Toyota to expand learning initiative
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:00 pm
By: By the Associated Press
The Messenger 06.19.13
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Toyota says it will expand an early childhood learning initiative into 12 more schools around the state in the coming school year.
Media reported Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Gov. Steve Beshear and the United Way of Kentucky, made the announcement Monday in Frankfort. In addition, the companies said there are plans to invest $1 million to develop 62 schools by the end of 2016.
The announcement comes following the success of 10 born learning Academies that were launched at different schools around the state last year.
The academies offer a series of workshops that teach parents and caregivers how to turn everyday occurrences into learning opportunities for young children through age 5.
Schools that received funding for the initiative include Wingo Elementary in Wingo, Ky., Murray Elementary in Murray, Ky., Trigg County Primary in Cadiz, Ky., J.A. Caywood Elementary School in Kenton County, Lacy Elementary in Hopkinsville, Foust Elementary in Owensboro, Clark County Preschool in Winchester, Paris Elementary in Paris, Garth Elementary in Georgetown, South Heights Elementary in Henderson, Campbell Elementary in Raceland and Highland Elementary in Waynesburg.
“We must recommit as a community to our youngest citizens,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said during the announcement.
“By improving early education opportunities now, we can help ensure the future success of our students in the classroom and beyond, as they enter college and prepare for the work force.”
Officials awarded the funding were pleased.
Aaron Dail, executive director of the United Way of Murray-Calloway County, said an academy at a county school has been very successful.
“For us, it has always been part of the plan to focus on early childhood development in the community,” Dail said. “We had great results at Calloway, and we knew we wanted to add this to the city schools.”