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CASS TECHNICAL TEACHER RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM TOYOTA

 DETROIT, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Randall E. Raymond, a science teacher at Detroit's Cass Technical High School, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. The grant will enable him to continue an innovative environmental education program that benefits both Cass Tech and inner-city elementary students for a second year.
 Raymond's project involves 23 Cass Tech students who work with nearly 300 elementary school students from five Detroit schools. During a summer work study program on Belle Isle, his students conduct interpretive programs for the public visiting the island. During the school year, they work as teachers' aides and help teachers at Bunche, Campbell, Duffield, Edmonson and Ferry elementary schools plan environmental education activities for their students, as well as lead them on season field trips to Belle Isle.
 "We need to allow high school students to use their talents and act as role models for younger children," said Raymond. "It's been rewarding to see the enthusiasm this has triggered among the elementary school students. What's more, they've retained a great deal of the scientific information taught."
 Raymond's program was judged one of the four most innovative science projects in the country by a panel of judges from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He was one of only four teachers chosen to receive a second-year 1993 TAPESTRY grant, sponsored by Toyota and NSTA. In 1992, Raymond received a $10,000 grant as one of 26 first-year TAPESTRY winners, selected from more than 600 entries nationwide. The $25,000 second-year grant includes a $5,000 award for the project teachers.
 TAPESTRY (Toyota's Appreciation Program for Excellence to Science Teachers Reaching Youth) is the largest grant program for secondary science teachers in the country. The program is designed to help teachers create and implement innovative science projects to enhance science education in their schools.
 Raymond has been teaching for 19 years, including two at Cass Tech, where he teaches biology. Raymond works with four co-directors on the project: science teachers Earl Wilson, Florina Myrick and Karen Kachadurian; and social studies teacher James O'Leary, all members of Cass Tech's faculty.
 Thirty-four high school and middle school science teachers received nearly $80,000 in TAPESTRY grants this year. Awardees were selected from more than 700 grant applications and included 30 first-time recipients of grants of up to $10,000 and four second-year recipients of grants of $25,000 each. Winning projects were submitted by individual or teams of teachers and were judged by a panel of 18 expert science educators appointed by NSTA.
 The TAPESTRY grant program is financed by TMS and administered by NSTA. Since the program began in 1990, more than $865,000 in grants have been awarded. This year marks the first time the program has been expanded to include middle-level school teaching.
 NSTA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving science education. The association's membership of nearly 50,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, scientists and others interested in science education.
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 /NOTE: The award will be presented to Raymond by Charles Culver of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. at a school assembly at Cass Technical High School, Second Avenue at the Fisher Freeway, on Thursday, April 8, at 10 a.m. Media wishing to attend the award ceremony should check in at the school office first. Enter Cass Tech from the main entrance on Second Avenue.
 CONTACT: John McCandless or Mona Richard of Toyota, 313-259-2004/


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