St. Louis, Mo. March 30, 2007–Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. today recognized 82 science teachers from across the country with $550,000 in grants via the Toyota TAPESTRY: Grants for Science Teachers program at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Convention in St. Louis, Mo.
As the nation´s largest science teacher grant program, Toyota TAPESTRY selected 82 proposals for funding from the 722 submitted by K-12 teachers. The programs funded by the Toyota TAPESTRY program will be implemented in classrooms beginning in September 2007.
Of the $550,000 granted, fifty teachers received up to $10,000 each and 32 received grants of up to $2,500 each. More than $7.5 million has been awarded to 908 teams of teachers throughout the program´s 17-year history.
"Without question, the funding by Toyota TAPESTRY has made an immeasurable difference in science education at the grass roots level, one teacher at a time," said Dwight Sieggreen, a past TAPESTRY grant recipient and Northville, Michigan science teacher. "The project we initiated would never have been possible without these funds and the support of the Toyota TAPESTRY Program."
Through the TAPESTRY program, Toyota awards grants to innovative teachers each year. Judges, accomplished in various areas of science, select projects that stand out in creativity, risk-taking and originality in three areas: environmental science; physical science; and integrating literacy & science. This year´s projects explore topics ranging from a two-person hovercraft to diesel fuel created from excess cafeteria fry oil.
It´s extremely rewarding to support educators who are bringing quality science to our children," said Michael Rouse, Toyota´s corporate manager of philanthropy and community affairs. "TAPESTRY was designed to directly impact the children and improve science learning opportunities and over the past 17 years, we´ve truly had the opportunity do just that."
Toyota TAPESTRY is open to elementary, middle and high school science teachers in the United States and its territories, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Teachers can apply individually or in teams and applications are submitted online and are due in late-January each year. For more information about Toyota TAPESTRY grants, visit www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry or call 1-800-807-9852.
In 2006, Toyota USA invested more than $40 million in philanthropic efforts. In addition to supporting education organizations such as NSTA, Toyota partners with the National Center for Family Literacy; funds study tours to Japan and the Galapagos Islands through the Toyota International Teacher Program; and distributes scholarships through Toyota Community Scholars, UNCF, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the U.S. Marine Corps, National FFA, and the American Indian College Fund. For more information about Toyota´s community outreach efforts, visit www.toyota.com/community
About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,427 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in 49 states. Established in 1957, TMS and its subsidiaries also are involved in distribution logistics, motorsports, and research and development.
About National Science Teachers Association
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA´s current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.