BUCKHANNON — The driver’s education program at Buckhannon-Upshur High School received a boost this week with the donation of a newer model car from local dealer Jenkins Ford.
Jenkins Ford owner John Jenkins, said, “The instructors came to us and wanted to know if we would help them out. We felt the need to help. We love children. We constantly try to improve the community and the lives of
The dealership selected a 2010 Ford Fusion with low miles and upgrades that the driver’s ed students don’t currently have in the old cars they use. But that isn’t the end of the partnership.
“We are hopefully going to work with the Upshur County Board of Education, Principal Eddie Vincent and the instructors to have students come in and talk about insurance, financing cars, maintenance of cars, so they can see not just the operation of vehicles but everything else,” Jenkins said. “We will help educate as much as we can within the dealership atmosphere. This is the second largest purchase most people make, so we are going to go beyond this. Today is just the foundation. We are going to build on that and be consistent over time.”
The Ford Fusion replaces a 2004 Cavalier that has served the driver’s ed department well but is now past its prime.
Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus said the school system appreciated the partnership with Jenkins Ford to upgrade its driver’s ed fleet.
“Having Mr. Jenkins donate this car to our program is huge,” she said. “A car like this is very expensive and for a high school to afford this, it would not be possible. What Mr. Jenkins did for us was, he said choose your oldest car and you can trade it in. It’s just wonderful.”
“He’s been a long-standing partner in education and very supportive of the programs in our community and the children,” Stankus added. “We are very thankful.”