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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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The sale of every Ford Bronco will benefit America's wilderness. Ford Motor Company is establishing the Bronco Wild Fund, a charitable effort aimed at supporting the enjoyment and preservation of America's wilderness through a variety of grants and initiatives.

The endowment of the Wild Fund will be funded by a portion of the proceeds from Bronco two-door, four-door, and Bronco Sport sales, as well as Ford licensed merchandise. Ford says that the goal is for the fund to raise up to $5 million annually.

2021 Ford Bronco four-door Many orders have already been placed for the 2021 Bronco. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

As part of the announcement the company is taking first public steps today to showcase an aspect of what the fund was designed to do.

"The Bronco Wild Fund will help Bronco owners and off-road enthusiasts connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level – ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation's treasures," said Mark Grueber, Bronco brand marketing manager.

Strategic alliances will make the fund's efforts possible. The first two beneficiaries of the fund's support are the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound USA. The National Forest Foundation, created by Congress in 1992, is the only nonprofit solely dedicated to protecting and promoting America's 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. Ford has pledged to plant 1 million new trees by the end of 2021 in cooperation with the National Forest Foundation.

Founded in 1941, Outward Bound USA pioneered outdoor adventure learning around the world and now operates in more than 30 countries. The organization will receive funds to provide access for young people to learn and grow through outdoor experiences in some of our country's great wilderness spaces.

Outward Bound USA Outward Bound USA provides outdoor experiences for America's youth.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford says that future preservation initiatives will include financial support for reforestation and trail maintenance programs, forest health, fire mitigation, and restoration work.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is expected to arrive at dealerships soon. The Bronco two-door and four-door will following in 2021.

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General Motors has surpassed more than 1 million Wi-Fi subscribers.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

In a world where we're constantly connected to everyone and everything, there's no escaping that vehicles have now become more than just transportation. They're nearly equal parts connected device.

In September, General Motors became the first automaker with more than 1 million subscriptions to its Wi-Fi-enabled data services provided by AT&T. They hit this milestone just six years after launching 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spots in models across their lineup in the U.S. and Canada.

Since that time, GM has integrated the communication device into a more vital role for customers. Its connectivity currently serves as a key component of OnStarCrisis Assist, which serves GM customers impacted by disasters. Earlier this year, approximately 180,000 drivers in the U.S. and Canada enrolled in Crisis Assist to help navigate the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Motors tablet Wi-Fi New General Motors SUVs offer streaming services rather than traditional entertainment stations for rear seat passengers.Photo courtesy of General Motors

Wi-Fi connectivity plans are most popular with owners of trucks and SUVs. In the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade, traditionanl DVD player entertainment systems have gone by the wayside in favor of streaming services. Available now in the App Store and Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers, the WarnerMedia RIDE app brings a unique smartphone or tablet experience with access to video content from Bleacher Report, Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, truTV, Warner Bros. Television as well as other WarnerMedia content.

Next year, GM and AT&T plan to add HBO Max to a unique premium bundle of streaming content to complement the WarnerMedia RIDE and in-vehicle Wi-Fi offering.

"Being a leader in connected vehicles means constant innovation, listening to customers, and taking an inclusive approach by partnering with others who bring great entertainment and customer experiences into our vehicles," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "One million data subscribers is much more than just a number. It represents countless road trips where kids aren't asking, 'Are we there yet,' and people using their vehicles as classrooms and home offices just to make life a bit smoother. We're motivated to empower even more people moving forward."

"Connectivity is at the heart of today's driving experience," said Joe Mosele, vice president, AT&T Global Business Solutions. "We are incredibly excited to bring a fast and reliable Wi-Fi experience to millions of GM customers combined with some of WarnerMedia's most iconic brands and content libraries for more entertainment on the go."

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