Riley Ford Inc. and Chazy Central Rural School raised more than $5,000 during their Ford Drive One 4 UR School event held June 5. Pictured are teachers and some students of the participating after-school clubs who benefited from the event. Presenting the check are, in front, Riley Ford general manager Joy VanLeuvan, SUNY Plattsburgh intern Katie Page, and Audrey Matthews of Ford Motor Credit Company.
Getting behind the wheel and test driving a few cars has added up for Chazy Central School.
The school recently received a donation for more than $5,000 from Riley Ford Inc. and Ford Motor Company following a partnership between the local automotive dealership and the school in a Ford “Drive One 4 UR School” event. The school hosted the special fundraiser June 5, which earned the school $20 for every test drive made that day.
Joy VanLeuvan, general manager of Riley Ford, said she was excited about how much was raised from the dealership’s first-time event.
“I thought it was absolutely fantastic,” said VanLeuvan. “The fact that many people turned out really shows the support this community has for their school. Everybody — teachers, their relatives, even people who don’t have kids in school — came out for it. It was awesome.”
The donation will be split among the school’s Drama Club, Model United Nations Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter.
SADD advisor Cory Thompson said he appreciates Riley Ford for sponsoring the event and making donations to club’s like his possible.
“Our students had a fun time washing cars, serving food, and meeting the public in an effort to promote their club and CCRS,” said Thompson. “We thank Riley Ford for their time and donation to our clubs and the school.”
Model United Nations advisor Steve Cross agreed, adding the students helped with the event because of their desire to continue offerings of programs like SADD and Model United Nations.
“I will tell you, the students want to fundraise because they want to attend academic conferences like Harvard Model United Nations,” said Cross.
“We are very appreciative of Riley Ford’s effort in the fundraiser,” said student and Model UN member Kirsten Doran. “Because of Riley Ford , Chazy Central will return to Boston for Harvard Model United Nations.”
“I consider Harvard Model United Nations as my sport so thank you Riley Ford for your continued support of the club that makes me who I am,” added student and Model UN member Nathan Swan.
Superintendent John Fairchild also commended those who made the donation possible.
“The Chazy community demonstrated its support for our school by showing up to test drive Ford vehicles all day long,” said Fairchild, adding an additional nearly $1,000 was raised by donations to a student run car wash, bake sale and other activities during the day.
“On top of raising funds the students, staff and community were brought closer together by participating in a shared activity,” he added.