Residents of the Sauk Prairie area looking for a way to help the Sauk Prairie School District at no cost to them can do so by test driving a car on Oct. 7.
The district has partnered with Courtesy Ford in Sauk City for its Drive 4 UR School program, in which the Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the district for every vehicle test-driven that day between 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., up to $6,000.
According to Bob Koch, a master certified product specialist with Courtesy Ford, said Ford Dealerships can sign up for this program in conjunction with a school district or community non-profit. In this case, Sauk Prairie High School’s junior class is hoping to raise money for its prom to be held this spring.
According to Mary Walz, junior class advisor, the class of 2019 has been looking for ways to raise funds to pay for a traditional promenade in April, 2018. In addition to the program partnership with Ford, the students will also be sponsoring a brat and hotdog stand that day for people to be able to have lunch while they visit Courtesy Ford. Walz said they will also man concession stands during athletic events and hold a T-shirt sale to continue to raise funds for the dance.
Walz said they learned of Ford’s Drive 4 UR School program through the FFA, which did the program in the past.
“We’ve also seen other communities do this,” Walz said. “You have to put your name in to apply. We tried last year but didn’t get in.”
Koch said the program’s intention — a first at Courtesy Ford — is to get the word out to the community about the products Ford has to offer.
“They shouldn’t expect a hard sales pitch,” Koch said. “It’s a two-way street. It’s to introduce the community to our products at a very low pressure and in return, residents can help make money for the school. Ford encourages us just to provide information and keep it a really fun event for the sales staff, community and the school district.”
Test drives will take approximately seven to 10 minutes and are offered to residents ages 18 and older and have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Koch said after the test drive, participants will be asked to complete a survey about what they thought of the vehicle.
“We’re hoping we have great weather,” Walz said. “There’s no Badger game on that day so if you are looking for an alternative thing to do, you can test out your dream car and help the students.”