By Jessica Debbas
EUGENE, Ore. — 4J and Bethel schools are getting a much needed $20,000 monthly boost thanks to a local business.
It’s part of Kendall Toyota’s “Drive for Education” program that kicked off Tuesday.
Superintendents at both 4J and Bethel School Districts say this donation couldn’t have come at a better time when schools are just trying to stabilize their budget and keep from making any more cuts.
Kendall Toyota on Goodpasture Island Road presented a check to both superintendents Tuesday morning.
It’s the first of a series of monthly donations that the schools will receive.
The dealership starts by giving $16,000 for school population alone, and then schools can earn more cash when 4J or Bethel families come in to spend money at Kendall.
“We know our schools are in desperate need of money, so what can we do to help and where can we land to make an impact and have it make sense for us — $20,000. We knew we’d be making a big impact with that,” said Kendall Brand Manager Shanley Skillern.
4J plans to use the funds to update its math curriculum. Bethel plans to invest in new technology for the classroom.
Eugene families can also help boost that monthly donation by coming in and spending money at Kendall, even test driving a car or just “liking” the company on Facebook.