Students, parents and Brandywine supporters made their way to Campbell Ford on South 11th Street in Niles on Saturday as part of a Ford "Drive One 4 UR School" event. For every test drive of a vehicle, $20 went toward Brandywine High School's Project Graduation. (Daily Star Photo/JESSICA SIEFF)
Students, parents and Brandywine supporters made their way to Campbell Ford on South 11th Street in Niles on Saturday as part of a Ford "Drive One 4 UR School" event. For every test drive of a vehicle, $20 went toward Brandywine High School's Project Graduation. (Daily Star Photo/JESSICA SIEFF)

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Drivers hit the road for Project Graduation

Published 8:49am Monday, April 19, 2010

By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star

By early afternoon Saturday, each of the Ford brand vehicles being used in a drive to raise money for Brandywine High School’s Project Graduation was out on the road.

Campbell Ford in Niles, Ford Motor Co. and Brandywine Community Schools teamed up to pull off a “Drive One 4 UR School” event.

For each Ford motor vehicle test-driven Saturday, $20 was donated to the school’s Project Graduation fund.

“In the area here, for Brandywine, yes this is the first time we’ve ever done this,” said Denise Scott, just one of many senior parents who come together as the Project Graduation committee each year.

Scott said after test-driving the cars, including a Ford Escape, the Ford Fusion hybrid as well as the Edge, the Focus and the Mercury Milan, drivers would rate the vehicles.

“It’s really been positive,” Scott said.

The committee contacted Ford about the event. Scott said she’d heard of another high school that had taken part in such an event.

“It’s really important this year,” she said, “because donations are down.”

Project Graduation is an all-night event that gives graduating students a night of activities, sponsored by parents, for a safe way to celebrate.

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