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ADVISORY: Pinellas Students, Educators Will Gather to Celebrate Hyundai Grant Supporting STEM Education

Clearwater, FL, Sep 24, 2013
WHAT: Hundreds of Pinellas County Schools students, teachers and community supporters will gather to accept a grant from Hyundai Motor America to establish a blended learning math program at three Pinellas schools. The grant is part of the Hyundai ST Math Initiative, which aims to improve the math skills of young students and propel them toward high school graduation and college success, especially in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Pinellas students are among thousands in four metro areas across the nation selected to receive the grant from Hyundai through a partnership with the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, which develops ST Math®. The event will include a tour to see students learning in the ST Math lab funded by the grant, remarks by administrators and a check presentation.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
9:00 a.m. – Press conference, check presentation and school assembly
9:20 a.m. – ST Math lab tour

WHERE: High Point Elementary
5921 150th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 3376

Walter Rodriguez, Manager of Diversity Inclusion & Social Responsibility, Hyundai Motor America
Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools
Susan Taylor, Principal, Ed.D., High Point Elementary
Laurel Rotter, K-5 Elementary Math Specialist

About the Hyundai ST Math Initiative
The Hyundai ST Math Initiative will benefit over 6,000 students and 200 teachers in Chicago; New York City; Spring, Texas and Pinellas, Florida. Hyundai Motor America is providing grants to 15 high-need elementary schools in these markets to provide a unique research-based ST Math instructional software, teacher training and ongoing educational support. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. Follow updates at the hashtag #HyundaiLovesJiJi.

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit 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. MIND’s programs currently reach over 500,000 students and 21,000 teachers in more than 1,780 schools in 30 states. For more information, visit

About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 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. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit

About Pinellas County Schools
The Pinellas County School district is located on Florida's west coast along the Gulf of Mexico and is part of the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas County Schools is the seventh-largest district in the state and the 26th-largest in the nation. The school district is the largest employer in Pinellas County with 17,000 staff who serve nearly 104,000 pre-K through 12th-grade students. For more information on Pinellas County Schools, please visit

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