MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery Public Schools is receiving a $250,000 donation for its science, technology, engineering and math programs, courtesy of Hyundai Motor America.
The donation is a part of the Hyundai ST Math Initiative. In Montgomery, officials say it will benefit over 3,000 students from five public elementary schools in the MPS system including Catoma, T.S. Morris, Morningview, Seth Johnson and Brewbaker Elementary.
A check was presented Tuesday afternoon in the Catoma Elementary School Library with several officials in attendance like Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery Commission Chairman Elton Dean, MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore, Montgomery School Board President Clare Weil, along with Hyundai executives and other elected officials.
“Hyundai is committed to helping communities thrive, and one of our core priorities is investing in education,” said Hyundai Motor America Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion Zafar Brooks. “The Hyundai ST Math program is a longstanding partnership with the MIND Research Institute®, which provides foundational instruction in math development skills and STEM education for kids. We believe this STEM initiative can help unlock young minds today to help solve tomorrow problems, and help build the next generation of innovators.”
“We are honored by Hyundai’s tremendous support and commitment to the students of MPS,” said Moore. “This program will aid educators and equip students with advanced technology and resources to develop interest and increase proficiency in STEM subjects.”
“The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce commends our industry partners at Hyundai Motor America for this generous gift to the Montgomery Public School system," said Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Willie Durham. “Partnership means preparing to succeed together, and the ST Math Initiative will provide a tremendous value as Montgomery focuses on preparing a workforce for a higher wage, skilled work environment in a diverse, innovative, tech-driven economy.”
Since 2011, Hyundai Motor America has committed nearly $2 million to its nationwide ST Math™ program. The Hyundai STEM initiative operates in 80 schools, with 25,000 students and 1,000 teachers throughout the nation.