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Test drive program aids St. John Neumann school

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Sister Virginia Stephanie, left, kindergarten pupil Connor Steffie, second from left, sixth-grade student Michelle McCawley, center, Greg Rentschler, second from right, and kindergarten pupil Alexander Cornmesser, far right,…
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Sister Virginia Stephanie, left, kindergarten pupil Connor Steffie, second from left, sixth-grade student Michelle McCawley, center, Greg Rentschler, second from right, and kindergarten pupil Alexander Cornmesser, far right, pose with the $1,000 donation Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge raised recently as part of the Drive For the Kids program.
Published June 10. 2011 05:00PM

St. John Neumann Regional School has additional money in its coffers, thanks to a few brief trips around the block.

Recently, Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Slatington presented the school with a $1,000 donation as part of Chrysler's Drive for the Kids program.

Sister Virginia Stephanie, principal of the Palmerton campus, said each participant that took a brief test drive in a Town & Country earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler.

Rentschler Chevrolet Chrysler Jeep Dodge supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in the drive, she said.

"It's a wonderful program that Rentschler participates in," Sister Stephanie said. "Our parents and the neighboring communities really backed us up on this."

Sister Stephanie said the donation will be used toward technology costs. She said the school currently has four smart boards, two at each campus.

"Our goal is to have smart boards in every classroom," she said. "It's a wonderful way to end the school year."

Fred Rentschler, co-owner, said the dealership was more than happy to again participate in the program.

"We've been involved for over five years with the program," Rentschler said. "It's a fundraiser for them where we bring the cars up there, and the parents drive them to fundraise."

Rentschler said the program is a good fit for both parties.

"It's good news; not only do we get people to experience our products, but it's also for the school," he said. "It's a win-win for both."

Chrysler supports schools in the communities where the company does business.

Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced the Drive for the Kids program, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation.

Chrysler has contributed an estimated $4 million, directly to local schools, for student needs from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and computers.

To learn more about Chrysler Group LLC, visit the website at www.chrysler.com, or visit your local Chrysler dealership.

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