Last month, Toyota announced that it, along with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), had donated $290,000 in grant money to 22 K-12 schools in Indiana. The southwest Indiana community is of special importance to Toyota, as it has a manufacturing plant there—Gibson County’s Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. The grants are meant to provide education funding for those students interested in pursuing education and, ultimately, a career in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Funding Our Future Through Education
According to Toyota, these grants will help the schools shape curricula based on engineering, biomedical science, and computer science, and will help to create and provide hands-on classroom work. For example, one recipient school—Wood Memorial High School—plans to use its $20,000 grant to develop a computer science program that will help students learn the skills necessary to develop new technologies.
The Perfect Match
Toyota and PLTW have joined forces before. In 2017, the Toyota USA Foundation granted PLTW a $2 million grant to help bring STEM education to 115 K-12 schools throughout the country.
“By bringing new methods of learning to students, we can challenge their way of thinking and empower them with the key skills necessary to succeed and accomplish their dreams,” said Millie Marshall, who currently serves as the president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. “Through this effort, we can help create the innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow, while uplifting Indiana communities.”
Capital Toyota is proud to represent an automaker so committed to improving the future of children in America. If your child has a bright future and needs a vehicle to take them safely down the road to success, stop into our showroom to peruse our selection of new and used Toyotas.
For years, Toyota has been working with Cincinnati Children’s on the Buckle Up for Life program, dedicated to educating parents on the importance of car seats. In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ran September 17th through the 23rd, Buckle Up For Life teamed up with millennial parent publication The Bump in order to give new parents all across the U.S. their very own car seat for free in order to raise awareness and protect new, young lives.
How did the program work? For every new registry created by upcoming parents on The Bump’s website or its mobile app, Buckle Up For Life contributed a new car seat to a family in need and provided them with information for how to correctly install it. Both organizations hope to improve the statistic that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, endangering the lives of young passengers.
Nikki Jordan, a Cincinnati resident who received a car seat through the program, stated, “Not only did they provide a new car seat for my child, but they made sure to educate us on car seat safety. Buckle Up for Life made sure that the car seat was properly installed and even showed myself and my husband how to properly install it. I can’t thank them enough!”
Ask us at Capital Toyota about Buckle Up For Life or check out The Bump’s website for more information.
Here at Capital Toyota, we are all about giving back to the community and were absolutely honored to be able to work with Honoring the Sacrifice to supply Corporal Daniel Palmer and his family with a new Toyota Sienna van.
In 2010, Cpl. Palmer was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment when his life was changed forever. While on patrol in Afghanistan, he lost his right leg and sustained other life-altering injuries after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
While surprising the Palmer family with a Toyota Sienna of their own was very exciting, our F&I Manager, Mike Reno, set up another exciting adventure for Daniel – a tandem skydive. Check out Daniel’s experience falling from the sky in the video below.
We would also like to give a big shout out to WUSY US-101 for receiving the American Patriot Award from Honoring the Sacrifice during the annual American Heroes Dinner. This award is presented to a company, organization, or individual who demonstrates a commitment to supporting and assisting our nation’s wounded veterans.
Thank you to Honoring the Sacrifice for allowing Capital Toyota to be supporter of your wonderful events for the last four years. And a huge thank you to all the men and women who have served and sacrificed so much – you and your families are all our heroes. “We owe a debt to the veterans that we cannot pay.”
Toyota Motor North America understands the importance of creating a highly-educated future, which is why it has donated $1 million to the Society of Automotive Engineers’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives, particularly its LearnTwice program.
“SAE International is honored and humbled by Toyota’s generosity and its confidence in our STEM programs,” said David L. Schutt, PhD, SAE International chief executive officer, in a statement. “As a leader and long-time partner in the STEM community, Toyota’s gift to the SAE International Foundation will allow us to further invest in our entire K-16 STEM portfolio that supports the next generation of engineers through their educational journey.”
Through SAE’s LearnTwice program, college students work with younger children in grades K-12 to teach and demonstrate STEM concepts. This program is based on the idea that when you help teach someone else something, you reinforce that knowledge in yourself, which is like learning something twice.
Here at Capital Toyota, we are proud to be part of a company that wants to invest in the future of our country by helping to educate the next generation, which we feel is one of the best investments anyone can make.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Capital Toyota is proud to support awareness for this terrible disease. Everyone can name someone in their life who has been affected by breast cancer, which is why we’ve decided to take part in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer with the American Cancer Society.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is a non-competitive three- to five-mile walk at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga on October 25th, 2015. The walk will help raise awareness of the disease, and, in addition, help raise funds to save more lives affected by breast cancer. Capital Toyota and Lexus of Chattanooga are taking part in the walk this year with our very own team, and we need your help to raise money for the cause. Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 to help the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer, and we hope you’ll help us!
To donate to our team or to learn more about Making Strides, please visit this link.
We hope you’ll join us for the walk on October 25th! Thanks in advance to all of our supporters! We truly appreciate it.
Who’s afraid of a little mud? We sure aren’t! Join us for the coming Chattanooga Mud Run next Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at the grounds of Greenway Farms in Hixson, TN. It’s sure to be a fun event with a great cause behind it!
The Chattanooga Mud Run is a 5K mud run to help raise funds for Habitat of Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga area. This run is through a military-style obstacle course with most of the obstacles covered in, you guessed it, mud! Come on out and get a little dirty while getting in your exercise and help support a great local charity!
Your participation in the mud run helps many hard-working people and families purchase energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Chattanooga that are both affordable and sustainable. You can help change someone’s life by joining us on August 15th.
“We are extremely blessed to be participating in an event such as this, contributing to the organization that helps so many people across the United States and in our local community with the Habitat for Humanity,” says Ed Emerson, Toyota New Car Sales Manager here at Capital Toyota. Be sure to see us there as we’ll be bringing our TRD Pro Toyota 4Runner for show!
For more information about run times, or to register individually or with a team, you can do so by visiting the official mud run website by clicking here!
With the Special Olympics World Games rapidly approaching on July 25th, we here at Capital Toyota will be working in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Tennessee to host a Special Olympian Party where we’ll be honoring and raising funds for the Special Olympics.
The event will be held on July 14th at 1:00 PM here at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga where our owner Bob McKamey will present a donation check to Nicole Gonzales, a Special Olympics athlete competing in the 100 meter run, 400 meter relay, and shotput events. Also, Capital Toyota will be making a $20 donation for the first 100 service customers on that day, so be sure to come out and see us and help us with a great cause!
“We hope to see as many people as possible in here on the 14th,” says Jim Taylor, our Internet Sales Director here at Capital Toyota. “We want to make the largest possible impact for the Special Olympics, as well as encourage our Team USA Special Olympics athletes as they prepare for the World Games.”
All community members are welcome to attend! There will be food, goodies, and lots of fun! Don’t miss out on this honorary ceremony.
All across the country, students of all ages are learning the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). To make sure these students get the best education they can, Toyota supports STEM programs and just announced $1.9 million in grants for those programs.
These grants will support programs from New York to California and many states in between. Some of the programs include the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, which will receive a $100,000 grant to help teach K-12 students about clean energy, design, engineering, project management, and construction. Another $50,000 grant will go to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to expand the Girls Building Self-eSTeEM program for K-12 girls.
“We know that the future of our society will be built on increasingly sophisticated technological expertise and innovative problem solving,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement. “That’s why Toyota USA Foundation is proud to support these nonprofits, who are creating exciting opportunities to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Here at Capital Toyota, we are proud to be a part of such a great company that works so hard to support and build up the next generation.