Drive For the Kids program raises $1,350 for St. John Neumann School
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Future St. John Neumann Regional School pupil Ruby Walters, 4, along with SJNRS pupils Bryson Walters, 6, and Victoria Keiper, 7, display the $1,350 donation Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram raised recently as part of the Drive For the Kids Program. Also pictured are instructors Georgia Hodyl and Fran Lenahan, as well as John Kleintop, general manager.
Ride in style, and raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
Essentially, that's what those who participated in Chrysler's Drive For the Kids program did.
Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram, of Slatington, recently presented St. John Neumann Regional School with a $1,350 check in conjunction with the program.
The dealership provided minivans and volunteers to answer questions, and help out with the fundraising test drives, which took place during the school's annual Art Show held last month at the Palmerton campus.
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.
Parents and guests who took test drives in the company's award-winning minivan, the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, earned a $10 contribution for the school.
Instructor Georgia Hodyl said St. John Neumann was grateful for the dealership's support.
"We just want to say thank you very much," Hodyl said. "We hope they'll continue to support us again next year."
John Kleintop, general manager, said the dealership was glad to participate in the program, and added that it looks forward to continuing it again next year.
"We've done this for St. John Neumann for the last seven or eight years," Kleintop said. "The primary benefit was to find a fundraising way that the school could garner extra funds to do some of their activities, and secondly, to get an opportunity for the parents in a comfortable setting to experience our products."
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 an estimated $4 million, directly to local schools, for student needs from playgrounds and field trips, to reading programs and computers.