Districts seek money from Toyota

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/22/2013 5:32 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- New Albany Elementary School teacher Danita Mattox prepares for the start of school. She is excited about the high-tech tools she will be able to offer her students.

"We still have a ways to go but we are getting there with technology."

It's technology she hopes to use even more.

"The more we work on ipads and the more we work on smart boards, it keeps the kids engaged in what they're going. Anything hands-on is what keeps them actually learning," Mattox added.

That's an opinion definitely shared by Saltillo High School Principal Tim DeVaughn.

He is hoping for more technology as well for use in the classroom.

Members of CREATE's Toyota Education Fund Advisory Committee want to know what the needs are.

They are giving away $1 million in the form of grants.

"Toyota is in a position where they are saying we have money that we can offer. Now, you tell us how to use it to enhance education in your district," CREATE Foundation's Senior Education Consultant Dr. Chuck Garrett said.

"It's much harder to give away $50 million than you would expect, but at the end of the day the approach that we took was they do know best what their individual needs are," Toyota Mississippi Vice President Doug Formby said.

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