CHAZY - There's money just waiting for students at Chazy Central Rural School. The only thing it will take to get it is some of your time.
Through a partnership between Riley Ford Inc. and Ford Motor Company, the local Ford dealership will host "Drive One 4 UR School," a special fundraising event at CCRS Sunday, June 5.
The event, explained Riley Ford general manager Joy E. VanLeuvan, will give the school $20 for every test drive made that day up to $6,000. The proceeds will help fund various extracurricular activities at the school, including Drama Club, Model United Nations and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
"This will be a huge benefit for the school, providing these clubs with funding they otherwise wouldn't have," said VanLeuvan.
The Drive One 4 UR School event is a program offered by Ford Motor Company, but one Riley Ford hadn't been able to take on until this year when facilitated by Katie Page, a student from the State University of New York interning at the dealership over the last semester.
"Katie really did a great job putting this together," said VanLeuvan.
"I thought it would be fun to do," Page said of Riley Ford hosting the event.
The best part is, said Page, that there's no obligation for people participating in the test drives to purchase a vehicle. All they have to do is show up and get behind the wheel.
"It costs them nothing to gain money for the school and all it takes is about 10 to 15 minutes," said Page.
Additionally, those who opt to test drive a new Ford Focus in addition to another Riley Ford vehicle, will earn an additional $10 per person to benefit CCRS, for a potential of raising another $3,000 for the school.
That's music to the ears of CCRS superintendent and high school principal John Fairchild.
"This will be a great help by making money available for these clubs that won't come out of taxpayers' pockets," said Fairchild. "It's great to see corporations on the local and national levels supporting our school like this. It's a win-win situation."
"We're glad to be a part of this," said VanLeuvan. "We want to get the whole community involved because it helps the school out and could mean getting more kids involved in extracurricular activities."
The Drive One 4 UR School event will be held at the school, 609 Miner Farm Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5.