Some Carthage Tigers are gearing up for a fun event with Ford.

Some Carthage Tigers are gearing up for a fun event with Ford.

Local drivers will be able to support the Carthage Tigers without donating a dime on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Drive 4 UR School fundraiser at the Carthage High School parking lot. Interested participants will present a driver's license, fill out a survey at the conclusion of a test drive of one of the vehicles provided by the local Ford Dealership, and that's it – they will have donated $20 to both the Carthage high and junior high schools.

Ford is bringing the nation-wide opportunity to Carthage called the “Drive 4 UR School” program where the company donates $20 every time a person test-drives a vehicle up to $6,000 in the timeframe of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. A volunteer from the school community will ride along with the participant, ask a few questions but there will be no sales pressure. The event gives Ford prospective clients' perspectives on current vehicles on the market, and the schools receive community support. Proceeds from this event will go to the CHS Student Council, for scholarships and programs, and the CJHS Leadership, for an outdoor electric marquee.

“We're excited about it,” said Regina Fields, CJHS assistant principal and athletic director. “Rain or shine, we'll be there and it's going to be a fun time. Lenny Davis will give us some entertainment on his guitar, the students will hand out some 'No Texting While Driving' thumb rings – we'll have some food too.”

Adding to the rare event's charm, it's not too often the community is given the opportunity to help CHS and CJHS at the same time. Eighth grader Ashton Catron, member of CJHS Leadership, expressed excitement.

“It's going to be awesome,” she said. “It's different than anything we've ever done. I really look up to the upperclassmen – they're role models for me. This event is a really good idea, because we'll use the experience here when we grow up to organize our lives and things we do at our jobs – which is what Leadership is all about.”