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Toyota Invests $25,000 to Help Kentucky Parents Be More Involved in Schools

Grant will support Prichard Committee’s Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

LEXINGTON, KY – A recent $25,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) will support parent leadership and engagement efforts by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, an independent, statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement of education for all Kentuckians.

The grant will support operations of the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (GCIPL), conceived by late Director Emeritus, Beverly Nickell Raimondo, and launched in 1997 to equip parents to be successful advocates for schools and students.

The Institute’s comprehensive series of workshops explain Kentucky’s public education standards and systems, suggest ways parents can form more productive relationships with teachers and school administrators and build community partnerships that improve achievement for all students.

Since its inception, the program has produced over 2,200 Fellows across Kentucky. Many participants went on to be elected to local school councils and school boards and became appointees to the state Board of Education.

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing is pleased to partner with the Prichard Committee in the planning and implementation of productive school, family, and community partnerships to improve student achievement across Kentucky,” said Rick Hesterberg, Manager of External Affairs for Toyota.

Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee, added, “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Toyota. They have been our longest standing corporate partner and during the last three decades have demonstrated exemplary civic leadership and commitment to excellent education in Kentucky.”

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group. Comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky, the Committee has worked to improve education for Kentuckians of all ages since 1983.


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