The Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., recently received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.
The center will use grant money to improve and expand efforts to increase environmental literacy in Kosciusko County through K-12 programming and the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.
“Toyota’s support of our educational programs brings attention to our center’s growing effectiveness and importance to the community,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Center for Lakes and Streams.
The Center for Lakes and Streams served more than 7,000 K-12 students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Public, private, and home school students across the county engage in hands-on lake and stream learning experiences through the center’s programs such as the Classroom Lake Experience, Lake Adventure Days and the Lakes and Streams Art Contest.
“Educating students about taking care of our local waterways is important to our county’s growth and development in the future,” said Caitlin Yoder, education coordinator for the Center for Lakes and Streams. “Showing students and children how to take care of our local lakes and streams now is an important part of preserving these natural resources for future generations.”
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of over 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in the U.S. which sold more than 2.35 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety, and the environment. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.
The Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with local organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner.