Driving for dollars
By Linda Lemond Post-Tribune correspondent May 16, 2013 10:22AM
Portage High School National Honor Society president Tiffany Woloszyn hands science teacher Debra Broom a questionnaire to complete as other NHS members look on at the school’s Drive 4 UR School fundraiser. | Photo provided
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:29AM
Portage High School’s National Honor Society teamed up with Paul Heuring Ford of Hobart to raise money through Ford’s Drive 4 UR School fundraiser.
The car dealership brought 10 cars to the school for the April 27 event. For each test drive taken by a driver over 18 years of age, the school received $20.
NHS president Tiffany Woloszyn said, “Our principal, Mrs. (Caren) Swickard, asked us to be in charge of the fundraiser. We want to help out however we can.”
The monies raised by the Drive 4 UR School are earmarked for a very specific purpose at the school.
“This is a great cooperative effort between Paul Heuring and the school,” Swickard said. “We use the money for our Tribe Pride Incentive Program. We hope to purchase four or five Kindles to give away. This works so well with our May theme, Catch a Kid Reading. It’s just awesome.”
The fundraiser ran from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those wishing to drive filled out a questionnaire giving their opinions of the cars after the test drive. Many community members came specifically to take a test drive and help the school. Others came to enjoy some soup and art at the Empty Bowls Project and took a drive since they were at the school anyway.
Senior Emily Mokol said, “I drove a silver Mustang. It was different from my car, a little bit bigger, but I liked it.”
Science teacher Debra Broom attended the fundraiser both as a faculty chaperone and as a driver.
“I want to drive the Escape because that’s actually the vehicle I’m considering buying,” Broom said.
Heuring Internet manager Devin Rhoades was there to answer any question but not to do any high-pressure pitches.
“We brought 10 nicely-equipped cars,” Rhoades said, “from the smaller models like the C-Max and Focus to the largest one, the Explorer. And, of course, our flagship, the F-150.”
Teacher Joanne Lehmann was impressed with the car and with the program.
“This is a cool idea to get people test driving the cars and giving money back to the high school,” she said.
Senior class president and NHS member Collin Czilli reported that the fundraiser earned about $3,000 for the Tribe Pride Incentive Program.