Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 29, 2014

Drive 4 UR School comes to Tri-West High School


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — Bill Estes Ford is bringing the “Drive 4 UR School” program to Tri-West High School from 2 to 8 p.m. May 1. Participants can help raise $12,000 in six hours just by taking a short test drive.

For every seven- to nine-minute test drive, Ford will contribute $20 to the newly formed North West Hendricks Education Foundation.

Smithville Charitable Foundation will match every $20 from Ford with an additional $20. So for every test drive (up to 300 drives) the NWHEF will receive $40.

No salesmen will be present and there will be no pressure to purchase a vehicle. The idea is just to introduce motorists to Ford products.

Drivers must be 18 with a valid driver’s license and sign a waiver.

The course begins and ends at the southwest corner of the parking lot of TWHS on State Road 39 by door No. 1.

Drivers may bring their children, but no car seats are permitted in the new vehicles.

The entire experience should only take 20 to 25 minutes. There is no need to make an appointment or reservation to drive.

Ford will bring 15 to 20 new vehicles for drivers to choose from — including the ever popular Mustang Convertible, Ford 150 and Ford 250 pick-up trucks.

The foundation will provide additional funding for student enrichment in all of the North West Hendricks schools. The foundation supports classroom and administrator grants for academic excellence and innovation, matching funds for external grants, funding for student enrichment programs, professional development and STEM initiatives.

The mission of the North West Hendricks Education Foundation is to foster a proactive partnership between the community and the North West Hendricks School District to link community resources with the educational needs of its students by enhancing learning opportunities and supporting effective teaching.

NWHEF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded just this year. It operates under the guidance of the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

One half of all funds raised will be placed into a permanent endowment fund. The other half will be considered general operating funds and will be used to fund the foundation’s mission.

NWHSC faculty and administrators will apply for grant funds during the grant cycle. Grant applications will be scored according to pre-determined criteria. Highest scoring applications will receive funding. The Development Committee will be responsible for scoring applications and awarding funds. The board will determine how much will be granted annually, based on fundraising efforts and the annual budget.

Checks should be made payable to North West Hendricks Education Foundation. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgement letter from the HCCF indicating the gift is tax deductible as permitted by law.