Help from beyond

Businesses in small towns are generous in their support of school activities and causes. Whether it’s under­writing a student project or buying an ad in the yearbook, businesses often go beyond the call of duty—even though few are wading in extra cash. It’s all about community spirit.

This Saturday, supporters of Hillsboro High School can tap the financial resources of a national company through “Drive One 4UR School,” an event sponsored by Hills­boro Ford and Ford Motor Co. All local folks have to do is test drive a new car. Ford will donate $20 for each test drive, up to $6,000. There’s no obligation beyond that; no one will try to sell you a car, unless you ask.

Over the years, proceeds have ranged between $2,000 and $4,000, which the local booster club has used to purchase state-of-the art equipment and accessories—at no cost to the district or local taxpayers.

Even if athletics isn’t your thing, it is important to many students, most of whom excel in other areas, too. “Drive One 4UR School” complements the local business community by tapping “outside” money. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Ford. It would be great to tap Ford’s generosity to the max. —DR

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