As virtual learning continues across Southwest Indiana, many students are still without the technology and access needed for school.
That's why the Toyota USA Foundation is making a donation of $400,000 to schools in Gibson and Vanderburgh counties.
The grants are part of 31 awarded by Toyota to communities across the country to help bridge the digital divide in the current climate’s increasingly digital society and will help more than 27,000 Tri-State students.
"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," Smith continued. "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."
“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.”