PRINCETON, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb helped Toyota Indiana mark its latest milestone on Wednesday by unveiling its first Grand Highlander. But the even bigger news, was the announcement that came with it.
To celebrate the new Grand Highlander, Toyota Indiana says it is granting $11.1 million to education in southern Indiana.
Grants will be divided between the North Gibson School Corporation, Building Blocks and Youth First Incorporated, and the Lodge Elementary School in Evansville over the next five years. The money will provide access to pre-education, mental health resources and hands-on STEM learning for both teachers and students.
“It’s one thing to have opportunities like we have in this region, it’s another thing to have access to those opportunities,” said EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith. “Kids will now know what STEM careers are. They will be able to play in that space. We will have folks from Toyota actually come into Lodge and work with them.”
“How blessed are we to have Toyota in our backyard, where they provide things like employment for our community,” said Princeton mayor Greg Wright.
Toyota Indiana employs around 8,200 people in Princeton. And some of them will be making parts for the new Grand Highlander, which features include new technology, an adult sized third row and cargo space.
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