Black Fox Elementary to receive $10,000 from Buick Drive event

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 9/22/17

Black Fox Elementary School is set to receive $10,000, thanks to the Buick Drive For Your Students event which Don Ledford Automotive hosted at the school Tuesday.

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Black Fox Elementary to receive $10,000 from Buick Drive event

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Black Fox Elementary School is set to receive $10,000, thanks to the Buick Drive For Your Students event which Don Ledford Automotive hosted at the school Tuesday.

Buick Drive For Your Students events, hosted by car dealerships across the country, allow schools to receive up to $10,000 by having people test-drive cars.

Tuesday’s event marks the fourth time Cleveland’s Don Ledford Automotive has allowed local schools to receive money in this way. Drives had previously been held at the three local high schools — Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley.

At these events, schools became eligible to receive $10,000 if they had at least 500 test drivers at each event. Black Fox’s drive had close to 600 drivers.

“The support has been unbelievable, it really has,” said Debbie Melton, general manager of Don Ledford Automotive. “It was great to see all these people out here.” 

Melton added hosting these events is part of the “heart of service” her company has for the community and the schools which educate our future community leaders.

Dr. Kim Fisher, principal of Black Fox, said she was “ecstatic” to learn the school had reached its test drive goal. The money it will receive will help it implement its one-to-one technology initiative for fifth-grade students.

Black Fox has been raising money to buy a Chromebook laptop computer for each fifth-grader at the school. With the 20 Chromebooks and laptop storage carts the school has already purchased, the school plans to create “mobile computer labs.” 

“Technology is a big part of middle school, and we want our students to be prepared for that,” said Fisher.

She added that she is working with teachers to develop a plan to teach students the technological skills they need to know — “not just games.” 

The principal offered her thanks to the car dealer for continuing to host events which help local schools.

“The best part of all this is, you have a business in your community that says, ‘Every year, we’re going to give $10,000 to our schools,’” Fisher said. “You just don’t have that everywhere.” 

Don Ledford Automotive plans to repeat the event, and the next host school will be Ocoee Middle School. A contest was held to see which school could send the most drivers to the event at Black Fox, and OMS won with 228 drivers.

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christy.armstrong@clevelandbanner.com

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