Ford’s Drive 4 UR School campaign was a huge success for the Alvin ISD Education Foundation. On Saturday, May 2, the Alvin ISD Education Foundation, students, parents and community supporters turned out to take test drives in a new Ron Carter Ford vehicle. With the Alvin ISD Education Foundation board members acting as salespeople, the program, which was sponsored nationally by Ford Motor Company, provided $40 to the foundation for every driver that got behind the wheel.
Sheila Olson, executive director of the Alvin ISD Education Foundation, was all smiles as lines formed in the Alvin High School stadium parking lot and she was in constant motion making sure everything was just perfect.
“We’ve done this for about four years now and this was the largest and most energetic one yet,” said Olson. “We had over 300 drivers and will receive $12,000 from Ron Carter Ford and Ford Motor Company! This equals grants and scholarships for the students and teachers of Alvin ISD.”
Alvin parent Jody Garza is one of the hundreds of parents who took a test drive.
“I love that we are supporting our schools and kids,” she said. “I also love that the event keeps getting bigger and better.”
This year the Alvin ISD Police Department was out with pedal karts and allowed teenagers a chance to “drive” on a course while using impaired goggles to experience what it is like to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“That’s a very helpful and informative program and I know it had a tremendous impact on my teenager,” Garza said.
“We had an incredibly successful day,” said John Barron, Foundation Board Member and Ford Drive Chairman. “We could not have done it without the support of the community, parents, students and staff of Alvin ISD. The Alvin ISD Education Foundation does so much for our students and teachers and we are so glad we were able to raise money to help out this wonderful organization.”