As schools and students across the country struggle to adjust to virtual learning, Toyota USA Foundation is trying to make the transition a bit easier. Toyota recently approved $3,357,000 in grants to help students cross the digital divide.
The grants will fund internet access and devices for more than 350,000 students living in thirteen states where Toyota has production facilities. According to Mike Goss, president of the Toyota USA Foundation, Toyota donates money to STEM programs regularly, but the pandemic has revealed other issues that are making getting a good education more difficult. The abrupt changes that were necessary when the pandemic hit have left many school districts scrambling to shift to online education. This leaves out students who don’t have reliable internet access at home or may lack a laptop or tablet to work on. These grants will help these students stay on top of their studies.
Toyota has a history of giving back and has been supportive of recent COVID-19 relief projects. Past grants have supported e-learning initiatives and food programs for students and families. The company has also built an educational hub to provide virtual field trips of many company sites.