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Country Ford raises funds for two high schools
A recent fundraiser and sales promotion staged by Country Ford Trucks of Ceres netted both Ceres High School and Central Valley High School $1,360 apiece. The funds will be used for student activities.

On Nov. 5 the dealership brought Ford Motor Company's innovative Drive One 4 UR School program to Central Valley High School on Nov. 5. For every person who test-drove a Ford vehicle at the school that day Country Ford and Ford Motor Company donated $20 to the schools. During an eight-hour period a total of 136 test-drives were taken in such vehicles as the Ford Explorer, Edge, Escape, Flex, F150 and F250.

The dealership said it will offer the event again next year, probably at Ceres High School, with hopes of shooting for a $6,000 donation derived from 300 test-drives.

The funds will be designated to pay for extracurricular activities such as rallies and homecoming events. Ceres High School Activities Director Linda Cooper said her school's funds will likely be put to use for the annual Multi-Cultural Week which brings in speakers and entertainers.

Liz Bunch and John Shipman of Country Ford said that the dealership sold one vehicle from the day but found it valuable getting out the word that the dealership sells more than trucks.

Since the start of Ford's "Drive One 4 UR School" program in 2007, more than 275,000 test-drives at more than 1,500 events have generated over $5 million in donations for high schools across the country.