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Dealership makes donation to TES

Spring lasted all the way through December for Thomson Elementary Principal Anita Cummings. The school's annual Spring carnival was rained out this year and had to be postponed until school started in August.

During the carnival, Thomson Chrysler Dodge Jeep car dealership held a fundraiser called "Drive for the Kids," in which they offered to pay $5 for every person that signed up to test drive a vehicle. The dealership had a Chrysler Sebring convertible, Chrysler 300, Chrysler Town & Country and a Chrysler Aspen on hand for the event.

"I had fun watching the kids sit in the back of the convertible, and seeing the looks on their faces," Ms. Cummings said.

While the kids were sitting in the back, enough of their parents sat in the front seats of the vehicles to earn the school $1,240. Mac McAlister, the internet sales manager for the dealership, presented Ms. Cummings with the check last Thursday morning.

"It was great. I had fun and it was a great turnout," Mr. McAlister said of the fundraiser. "Anytime we can do anything for any of the schools, we will."

And soon it will be the children's turn to have fun. Ms. Cummings said the money will help upgrade playground equipment.

"I am thrilled," she said when she received the check. "We will upgrade the playground as requested by the third graders. We've been working on the equipment for a while, and now we can do some more. The third grade students themselves put in a request, and we will do it for them."

Web posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008

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