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Macville’s car will help fund other school projects

March 21, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Bill Rea
Schools are always winning athletic championships, academic awards, artistic competitions, etc., but cars?
Macville Public School did win a car, but it has been sold to Fines Ford Lincoln, and the money will be going to the benefit of the facility.
Principal Kelly Kawabe said they regularly have Pizza Day every Wednesday, with the food coming from Pizza Pizza. The company was running a promotion in the fall, and the Nov. 29 lunch carried a special surprise, namely a coupon announcing the holder was the winner of a Hyundai Elantra. She added the car was donated by famed Toronto Raptor supporter The Superfan.
The sale of the car to Fines Ford means “the school has made a ton of money,” Kawabe said.
The winning coupon was found in Jessie Donohue’s Grade 6 and 7 class. Students Manroop Tut and Arnaan Khakh found it. It read “You’ve won a 2017 Hyundai Elantra!”
Manroop, 11, said he wasn’t sure what it was at first, but he had some idea.
“I was trying not to get my hopes too high,” he said.
His friend Arnaan saw it, and he recalled he became excited, adding the teacher reacted similarly when she found out what they had found.
Kawabe said Trustee Stan Cameron did the negotiations with Fines Ford.
Fines Ford General Manager Carlos Martins said they were happy to help out, adding they have taken part in events at Macville in the past.
“We’re happy to be involved,” he said.
Cameron pointed out Fines have been supportive of several school programs in the area, including the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).
Superintendent of Schools Michael Logue, who used to be principal at Macville, said there has always been a strong relationship between the school and the community.
“This school has always had a really rich tradition of partnerships with the community,” he said. “It just fits that Macville won.”
Kawabe said there are some plans for the money. The school has a regional science and technology program, and there are plans for a communications tech lab. She said they are fund-raising for that project which is likely to cost about $35,000.
“This will go a long way towards it,” she said, adding the new lab will be available to the whole school.
“We’re still having Pizza Days,” she added.

Student Manroop Tut got to experience life behind the wheel of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra Tuesday (no, he didn’t get to drive it) with Macville Public School Principal Kelly Kawabe in the back seat. The school won in the car in a Pizza Pizza promotion, but sold it to Fines Ford Lincoln. Also on hand Tuesday morning was Superintendent of Schools Michael Logue, Fines Ford General Manager Carlos Martins and Trustee Stan Cameron.
Photo by Bill Rea

         

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