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Tustin Auto Center extends Help Our Schools campaign

The donation program will run through the end of the month.

By Jenna SweeneyPublished: October 12, 2010 02:08 PM

The Tustin Auto Center is extending its Help Our Schools campaign through the end of the month.

The program, which kicked off in September, promises a $50 grant to a local school for every vehicle sold. The car’s buyer has the ability to donate to any established public or private school in the county.

So far this year, the Tustin Auto Center has raised $63,500.

“Our schools need help more than ever,” said Mark Parkinson, president of the center. “With the significant budget cuts being experienced within each school district in Orange County, we feel compelled to do our part and raise the critical funds.”

Last year, the center, which houses 12 dealerships that sell more than 17 brands such as Jeep, Lexus, Mazda and Acura, raised more than $80,000 for local schools.

“To continue serving students in a variety of ways, our schools need financial support,” said Carol Burby Garrett, executive director of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. “Community contributions allow teachers to update curriculum and equipment, implement new techniques and to continue activities that otherwise would not longer be available.”

To participate, buyers can fill out a donation form when purchasing their vehicle to allocate funds to a school. Buyers also can choose to designate funds for a specific department at the educational institution.

"The dealers at the Tustin Auto Center stand firm that we must support our communities and our schools,” said Parkinson.

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