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Test drives to benefit Verbena school

Ford Motor Company and McKinnon Ford will partner to help raise money for Verbena High School as part of Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program.

Community members will have the opportunity to participate and help raise up to $6,000 for Verbena High School by test driving a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle at Durbin’s Market. McKinnon Ford will host the one-day event Saturday, Feb. 20.

Ford Motor Company and McKinnon Ford will donate $20 to Verbena High School for every person from a unique household who test drives a 2010 Taurus, Fusion Hybrid or other Ford vehicle. Participants will be raising money for a variety of programs at the high school.

“We are appreciative of the help that McKinnon Ford is giving us, especially with our current budget situation,” said Tommy Headley, vice principal. “The students are very excited about having the opportunity to help raise money for their high school.”

Since the start of the program in 2007, Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program has raised more than $2.3 million for almost 700 high schools across the country and has enabled more than 125,000 people to test drive new Ford vehicles.

The money raised during the Drive One 4 UR School program has helped fund extracurricular activities like sports and band programs, helping to ensure that these programs continue in local communities.

In addition to raising much-needed revenue for high school extracurricular activities, Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program also gives participants the chance to take a look at Ford and Lincoln Mercury’s new cars and technologies.

“We’re excited to help raise money for Verbena High School and at the same time showcase our innovative lineup,” said Mark McKinnon, general manager at McKinnon Ford. “It’s important that students continue to have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and we’re very proud of our current vehicles.” To participate, visit Durbin’s Market at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Interstate 65 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.