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Maple Lawn Elementary School Counselor Stacy Owens knew she had to come up with a plan to fund this year’s annual college field trip for her 5th graders. It’s become a popular event, but this year her 5th grade class doubled in size after her school merged with another nearby elementary that was under-utilized. She told the Park Cities Ford management team that the cost of funding three buses, lunch and supplies for 130+ students was going to be beyond her budget.
“We agreed as a team that we wanted to help the school cover these costs by holding a Ford Drive 4UR School event. They are our neighbors and many of the parents of these students are also our customers. It just made sense,” said Angela Enright, Park Cities Ford Director of Communications. “There is nothing more important than opening a young student’s eyes to the future and to what is possible. For some students, this field trip is the first time they’ve traveled out of their neighborhood.”
On Thursday, March 7 the Park Cities Ford team set up new Ford vehicles at the school and more than 100 staff, parents and friends stopped by to drive and turn in surveys of their experience. Ultimately, more than $3,000 is expected to be donated from the dealership and from the Ford Fund towards the field trip expenses to the Maple Lawn Elementary PTA. Special thanks to Park Cities Ford sales team members Adam Richburg, Olivia Minor, Jeff Bierderman and Jasson Salas for volunteering at the event along with Enright.
Maple Lawn Elementary Principal Oscar Aponte and volunteers from the school’s readers club stopped by to support Drive 4UR School.