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Toyota foundation provides grants for Wi-Fi, laptops, software licenses for students

Students nationwide are adapting to completing their school days at home.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Virtual learning is in full swing as schools adapt their curriculum plans and expectations in the wake of COVID-19. Many students are still struggling to find Wi-Fi, don't have access to computers, and need software licenses to complete school work.

Toyota USA Foundation has approved nearly $3.5 million in grants to support students in 13 states where the company has operations. The grants will go toward solving connectivity and computing challenges, helping more than 350,000 students access virtual learning.

"All students deserve equal access to education," said Mike Goss, president, Toyota USA Foundation. "The foundation typically supports STEM, but the pandemic has exposed deeper issues that are a barrier to good education."

Toyota has been committed to education throughout the pandemic. The company recently launched an education hub that includes virtual field trips of the company's operations. That hub can be utilized regardless of a student's location.

Approved grants will benefit:

Alabama

  • Huntsville City Schools
  • Madison City Schools
  • Madison County Schools

Arizona

  • Tempe School District
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona

California

  • Boys & Clubs of Long Beach
  • Long Beach Fairfield YMCA
  • Pathways to Independence

Indiana

  • East Gibson School Corporation
  • Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
  • North Gibson School Corporation
  • South Gibson School Corporation

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids School District
  • Marion School District

Kentucky

  • Clark County Public Schools
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Harrison County Schools
  • Scott County United Schools

Maryland

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore
  • Baltimore City Schools

Michigan

  • Washtenaw County School Districts and public libraries in Flint, Detroit and Saline

Missouri

  • Lincoln County R-III School District

Mississippi

  • South Tippah County School District
  • Monroe County School District
  • Itawamba County School District

Tennessee

  • Jackson Madison County School System

Texas

  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Plano Independent School District
  • Somerset Independent School District
  • Uplift Education

West Virginia

  • Putnam County Schools

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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