12/04/15 ID: 10978

Teacher Appreciation Road Tour to Deliver Nearly $500,000 in Resources to Schools With Greatest Need

• Together, Kia and have helped more than 1.5 million students nationwide, delivering more than $7 million in much-needed resources to public schools across America since 2012

• Road Tour coming to San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015 – This Holiday Season, Kia Motors America (KMA) and – the innovative crowdfunding charity that has brought more than $380 million to public schools since its founding by former teacher Charles Best in 2000 – will host a series of teacher appreciation events and hands-on project funding workshops to empower teachers in some of the country’s highest-need schools.  Building on the success of previous campaigns that have raised over $7 million and benefited more than 1.5 million students across America since 2012, The Kia “Holidays on Us” Road Tour will provide nearly $500,000 of flash funding for eligible projects in San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.  The Road Tour will support the goal to have an active project in 100 percent of high-need schools in the next five years.   

“Kia and our dealers are dedicated to helping meet its five-year goal and continue making a positive and lasting difference for students and teachers in need,” said Tim Chaney, vice president, marketing communications, KMA.  “We encourage people to visit to learn how they can make a difference for as little as $1.” will utilize the all-new 2016 Optima for the Road Tour.  Teacher appreciation events will be held Dec. 7, 2015, in the San Diego-area at El Cajon Kia, Dec. 9, 2015, in the Phoenix-area at Mark Kia and Dec. 11, 2015, in the Tucson, Arizona-area at Royal Kia.  Meanwhile, best-practices funding workshops will be held Dec. 6, 2015 in the San Diego-area at the Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego and Dec. 8, 2015 in the Phoenix-area at the Clarendon Hotel.

“Thanks to Kia for funding classrooms in need around its dealers” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of  “This latest campaign will help demonstrate how easy it is to raise funds for classroom projects with the help of citizen philanthropists across America.”

Individuals can join Kia, its dealers and in supporting public school teachers and students by visiting  Teachers interested in attending an event can visit

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and set an all-time annual sales record in 2014, surpassing the 500,000 unit mark for the third consecutive year. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the rear-drive K900** flagship sedan, Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Soul Electric Vehicle***, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts and the Sedona minivan, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 15,000 plant and supplier jobs.

Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at For media information, including photography, visit  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at 

Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at 68 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.9 million people have donated $380 million to projects that inspire them. Over 16 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn. Visit to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the story.

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