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Students at Biggersville Elementary School enjoy a new refillable water bottle courtesy of a Toyota USA Foundation grant.

Grant focus areas for Toyota USA Foundation include education and resilience.

Both are benefiting from recent monies awarded to the Alcorn School District from Toyota.

Assistant Superintendent Angela Harris said the district was awarded a grant for $33,000 to help accomplish a number of COVID-19 pandemic-related projects at Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth schools.

“Money was used to purchase cleaning and sanitization supplies, masks, plexiglass and refillable water bottles for every student in the district,” Harris told the Daily Corinthian. “Additional resources also assisted the district in providing a clean and safe learning environment for our students and staff during the pandemic.”

The funded items are making a impact on students at Biggersville Elementary School.

“Toyota has been such a generous partner to our schools since they moved into our area,” said BES Principal Elizabeth White. “They have provided us with both funding and products to help keep our students safe while we learn to live with COVID-19.”

White said students are getting good use out of the refillable water bottles.

“Providing these lightweight aluminum water bottles to every student in our school was a wonderful way to help ensure the continued health and safety of every student in our building,” she added. “Our kids really were thrilled to receive them.”

Toyota USA Foundation accepts funding requests from nonprofit organizations with a primary focus in education, inclusive mobility and community resilience and a secondary focus in health and human services, arts and culture, civic and community and youth and diversity.

In Mississippi, the geographic scope focuses on Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties with a secondary focus on Alcorn, Itawamba, Lowndes, Monroe, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo counties.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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