St. John Neumann Regional School's scholarship fund has just been accelerated.

That's thanks in no small part to Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, which presented the school with a check in the amount of $1,020 recently.

The money was raised during the school's annual Art Show held in May at its Palmerton campus, which was also the sight where representatives from the Chrysler brand and the dealership joined with parents and teachers for a Drive for the Kids fundraiser.

At that time, the dealership provided minivans and volunteers to answer questions, and help out with the fundraising test drives.

In turn, the dealership provided minivans and volunteers to answer questions, and help out with the fundraising, as parents and guests who took test drives earned a $10 contribution for the school.

Students from both the Slatington campus, which houses grades K-3, and the Palmerton campus, which houses grades 4-8, participated in the art show.

Jonathan Hillanbrand, an eighth-grade student at St. John Neumann, thanked the dealership for the donation.

"It was cool that the parents get to drive it," Jonathan said. "It's good for the kids."

Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal, said the school was very thankful for the dealership's donation, and added it will go toward its scholarship fund.

"We're very grateful," Sister Stephanie said. "It will help students experience a faith-based education."

Greg Rentschler, manager, Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, said the dealership was proud to help out a local school.

"We get our product out to the area," Rentschler said. "We like to give as much help to the local schools as possible."

Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation. Chrysler has contributed over $4.5 million, directly to local schools, for student needs from playgrounds and field trips, to reading programs and computers.