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MEDIA ADVISORY: $350,000 Donation to Oakland Unified School District from Hyundai Will Help Drive Math Students Forward

Oakland, Calif., Apr 25, 2017 At Burckhalter Elementary School on Tuesday, April 25, Oakland Unified School District will host an event to demonstrate an important new visually-based math program made possible by a $350,000 donation from automaker Hyundai Motor America. The money will allow 20 schools to experience the transformative power of ST Math®.

The Hyundai ST Math Initiative (Hyundai Math Labs) was launched in 2011 in partnership with MIND Research Institute. The goal is to help increase math proficiency and educational outcomes. Research shows that early math proficiency is proven to be a leading predictor of later academic success.

The initiative provides students with a unique stimulating approach to education to cultivate deeper and more personalized learning. “Academic advancement, particularly in the STEM fields is of critical importance in today’s economy and we’re pleased to continue to offer this proven program to students who will greatly benefit from it,” says Jerry Flannery, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

OUSD Interim Superintendent Devin Dillon says it’s with support like Hyundai’s that OUSD can truly enhance the instruction that students receive every day. “Oakland schools sit in the technology capital of the world, so training our students in math and all STEM subjects is critical. As our young people gain more expertise in these fields, we know their success in college, career and community will expand dramatically. We thank Hyundai and MIND Research Institute for helping to drive our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

WHAT: Hyundai/MIND Research Institute ST Math Demonstration & Announcement of Major Donation to OUSD
WHEN: 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 25
WHERE: Burckhalter Elementary School, 3994 Burckhalter Avenue, Oakland

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

About MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 1,038,421 students and 44,342 teachers in 3,281 schools in 45 states. For more information, visit

About Oakland Unified School District

In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of OUSD's 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home. And each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success.

For more information contact:
Karin Wu
MIND Research Institute

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