Car dealer helps out high schools

WINDER - Some community members contributed to a fundraiser Monday benefiting Barrow County's high schools - without spending a dime.

Akins Ford brought 20 cars and trucks to both Apalachee High and Winder-Barrow High, and Ford Motor Co. agreed to donate $20 to the schools each time a person test drove a vehicle, said Marshall Britt, Akins Ford community director. The donation would be capped at $3,000 per school.

Apalachee High School principal David McGee said the money would be used to benefit the students and teachers in some way.

"We may be doing something as simple as buying paper and supplies just to offset some of the cuts we've had," McGee said.

Several teachers, parents and students who were at least 18 years old stopped by to test drive a vehicle, McGee said. By giving nothing more than 10 minutes of their time they were helping the school, he said.

"Akins Ford has been a tremendous partner for our whole school system for years," McGee said, adding that the company has done more than help raise money for the schools. Several employees serve as mentors to the students. "We're happy to promote them because they do so much for us."

Hannah Holmes, a 2009 Apalachee graduate who served as senior class president, volunteered at the event by helping people sign up for a test drive.

"I think this is a really nifty idea," she said.