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Budget cuts in the education system are always hard to hear about. Many of us may feel a bit helpless wishing there was something we could do. Turns out there is. Just test-drive a Ford at a Drive one 4 UR School event in your area in April and you can help your local high school raise funds.
The Drive one 4 UR School program is not a new concept – it’s actually a five-year-old initiative that has already raised more than $10 million through nearly 3,000 events. Schools have used this money to fund educational programs ranging from athletics to music, even to fix damages from natural disasters!
But in April, Ford and its dealers are taking on a special challenge: raise a cool $1 million for education through 300-plus events across the U.S. in a single month. Although, Drive one 4 UR School is a year-long program, now is the time to keep an eye out for these events in your area so you can help Ford, its dealers and, yes, the high schools raise money for educational programs.
Dealers provide the vehicles for test-drives, while the high school helps organize the event. Both work together to get the word out to their community. For every valid test-drive completed, Ford will donate $20 to the participating high school, up to $6,000. Here’s how you can help:
Visit this link to find a DO4URS event happening in your area.
Help us spread the word by fanning the DO4URS Facebook page or liking or retweeting this article.
Here are just a few of so many stories where Ford and Drive one 4 UR School are making a difference for participating high schools coming up this month:
O’Connell College Preparatory School, Galveston Island, TX (partnering with Classic Ford):
The residents of Galveston Island are still trying to fully recover from Hurricane Ike, which struck in 2008. O’Connell College Preparatory School lost millions of dollars in books, technology, equipment, furniture, fixtures and vehicles, and damages were caused to the school’s library, cafeteria and locker rooms.
Prestonburg High School, Ivel, KY (partnering with Freedom Ford):
In early spring, a few schools in the Prestonburg area were badly damaged by tornadoes. Prestonburg High School forfeited its scheduled Drive One 4 UR School event and instead donated their event to neighboring Magoffin County High School which required financial assistance to recover from storm damages. To recognize the generosity of Prestonburg High School, Ford granted Freedom Ford a second event to benefit Prestonburg High School.
North Hartford High School, Pylesville, MD (partnering with Plaza Ford Inc.):
This year North Hartford High will use funding from their Drive One 4 UR School event to finish its long-awaited stadium project, adding concession amenities and locker room improvements for both the home and visiting teams.