Schools receive Toyota grants

PONTOTOC – The Union County and New Albany school districts received more than a quarter million dollars in grant checks Thursday from the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

The Union County Schools received $143,000 to upgrade network infrastructure to allow students and teachers to use wireless internet devices at all four district schools.
New Albany Schools received $113,000 for a laptop computer initiative involving 3rd through 5th grade students.
The checks were handed out in a meeting at Pontotoc Junior High School by Doug Formby, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi vice president and a member of the grant committee established by the CREATE Foundation, which administers the fund.
Toyota officials also presented CREATE with a $5  million check, the fourth installment of Toyota’s pledge of $50 million to enhance education in Union, Lee and Pontotoc counties.
“We are pleased to help impact learning in North Mississippi with these grants,” Fromby said. “Because providing quality education through innovative programs is so important, these grants will help level the playing field for our students when it comes to competing with other areas. Toyota is proud to be part of their success.
Other grants awarded Thursday:

  • $120,000 to Pontotoc City Schools for placing iPads in all elementary and high school classes, along with smartboard response devices for each student.
  • $163,000 to Pontotoc County Schools for upgrading computers and adding computer labs and mobile carts for classrooms.
  • $24,000 to Baldwyn School District to upgrade security and infrastructure so students can integrate their own devices with those of the schools.
  • $204,000 to Lee County Schools to upgrade technology and infrastructure on all 14 campuses.
  • $38,000 to Nettleton School District for a literary interventionist to enhance tutoring and fund smartboards and response devices at Nettleton High School.
  • $203,000 for an additional classroom at the Early Childhood Education Center,  funding for teachers to expand a tutoring program for 3rd through 6th graders, and advanced placement and dual enrollment course fee supplements to increase the number of students participating.