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SAN ANTONIO (September 29, 2017) – On Sept 29, 2017 the Tricentennial Commission, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas announced the release of the Official Tricentennial Educational Resource Materials. Based on the keynotes, breakout sessions and field trips that attendees of the San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute for Educators experienced, these lesson plans will help educators incorporate all aspects of San Antonio’s history into their classroom. Thousands of students Pre-K to 12th grade throughout San Antonio and Bexar County will have access to this curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year.
“The distribution of these Educational Resource Materials is a Legacy project of the Tricentennial Commission and falls in line with the organization’s guiding principles,” said Edward Benavides, Tricentennial Commission CEO. “This is an important initiative that will solidify our legacy and teach our youth about our community’s history for generations to come.”
The San Antonio Tricentennial Summer Institute For Educators, a weeklong training that took place in July, exposed San Antonio’s vibrant history. From subjects like San Antonio’s rich history to emerging industries in today’s workforce, the Institute exposed participants to resources that reflect San Antonio’s past, present and future.
“Response for the Institute was phenomenal with nearly 200 educators in attendance,” said Angelica Docog, Executive Director of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures and Co-chair of the Tricentennial History and Education Committee. “The intensive workshops introduced the community’s history, provided educational resources, as well as prepared teachers to integrate these resources into their classroom. The TricentenniaI’s History and Education committee worked hard to make this program a reality for our City and County educational institutions.”
The production of the Tricentennial Educational Resource Materials was made possible through a generous donation of $300,000 by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.
“Our company is dedicated to the development of our community’s future, which are our students of San Antonio and Bexar County,” said Mario Lozoya, Director of Government Relations for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. “It is imperative for us to strengthen workforce development where we live and provide every child an opportunity to be successful after graduation. The Tricentennial Educational Resources will prepare our students to represent us with a clear understanding of our vibrant history and where we are headed as a community.”
For more information about the Tricentennial Commission and to access the Tricentennial Educational Resource Materials, visit San Antonio300.org.