Students across the Central Florida region will be stocked for the new school year with plenty of supplies thanks to regional Ford Dealers, including Kisselback Ford and Mullinax Ford Kissimmee in Osceola County.
Nine area Ford dealers have partnered with the Orlando City Soccer Club and
Seminole State College for a back-to-school supply drive benefitting Title I schools in the area.
The goal of filling the beds of Ford F-150s with school supplies was shared among these nine dealers: Tropical Ford, Greenway Ford, Kisselback Ford, Peacock Ford, Mullinax Ford Apopka, Mullinax Ford Kissimmee, Jarret-Gordan Ford Davenport, Ford of Ocala, and Sun State Ford.
Duane Norman, Sales Manager at Kisselback Ford is proud to give back to the community that he, and many of the Kisselback employees, grew up in, “Our dealership is very close to the community, I grew up with many of the principals and teachers that work with the students in this community today. Kisselback Ford is family owned and has always been focused on giving back to our local community.” Kisselback Ford has partnered with many schools throughout the years, including Lakeview Elementary. For the last five years, Kisselback has sponsored Lakeview by providing funding and resources for their staff and students.
Tracy Shenuski, Principal of Lakeview Elementary, expressed her gratitude by saying, “Kisselback Ford has always been a great partner for our school and many others in the area, they have stepped in to make great things happen for the students in Osceola County. I feel so privileged to see the benefits that these supplies will bring to my students every day. Lakeview Elementary, our Osceola County School District, and most importantly, our community is better prepared to serve our students because of this amazing partnership.”
Each organization encouraged their customers, business partners and community to donate supplies. In addition to the supplies, as part of Ford Motor Company Fund’s Operation Better World initiative, 100 brand new, free books will be donated from the special Ford Driving Dreams section of the First Book Marketplace, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Area Ford dealers will continue supporting local education by hosting a reading party celebration later this school year.
Linda Walsh, General Manager with Tropical Ford says, “Students are facing hard times in our community and we can easily come together to support them. Our dealership has been in south Orlando for 35 years and we have always been focused on giving back and helping those in need, children shouldn’t have to worry about having enough supplies to succeed in schools. We’re so proud to partner with Southwood Elementary School to deliver these supplies.”
Stacey Tanenbaum, principal at Southwood Elementary said, “We welcome Tropical Ford into our Southwood family and thank them for their donations. Our students are talented and inspiring, I know these supplies will be put to good use.”