Check presentation serves as starter for Recycled Rides effort

October 18, 2013

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program is getting more mileage thanks, in part, to a donation from State Farm Insurance to the Washburn University Foundation. A check presentation of $10,000 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Friday, October 18 at Washburn Tech’s auto collision facility at 5724 S.W. Huntoon. A past Recycled Rides recipient also will be on hand to share her experience with the program.

Inside the facility at 5:30 p.m., the first repair-a-thon weekend will begin and run through the afternoon of Saturday, October 19. Auto collision and auto service students team up with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish two vehicles, which will be awarded to individuals or families in need.  Local businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles running again.

“It’s an exciting and interactive training experience between our students and industry,” said Eric Showalter, Washburn Tech auto collision instructor. “We are very grateful to State Farm Insurance for their generous donation toward our efforts to pay it forward.”

A second repair-a-thon weekend is scheduled for Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Washburn Tech will give away the vehicles on Monday, November 25 in conjunction with an open house for the auto collision and auto service programs.

Washburn Tech was the first school in the nation to participate in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. The vehicles, refurbished and presented this fall, will bring the total number of rides donated to seven.