Students gear up for "Drive 4 UR School" Fundraiser - FOX Carolina 21

Students gear up for "Drive 4 UR School" Fundraiser

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Students prepare for "Drive 4 UR School" campaign. (FOX Carolina/ March 21, 2014) Students prepare for "Drive 4 UR School" campaign. (FOX Carolina/ March 21, 2014)

Even after the school bell ended class for Friday at Travelers Rest High School, some students were still hard at work.

"It's an event the whole community can get involved in and helping a charity that's really in need of it," Emily Williams said.

She's the student body president at Travelers Rest and she's working with Garrett Gillespie, a senior and vice president of the student council. They're getting the Drive 4UR School campaign in gear.

"Spirit week is all about coming together as an entire school," Gillespie said.

The idea behind the campaign is to raise money for Bel Aire Community Outreach and that's why the school's principal, Lou Lavely, said he's proud of his students.

"Our spirit week is to teach kids that by a little bit of giving individually, as a collective we can make a tremendous impact," Lavely said.

The Bel Aire organization is a group which works to enhance the needs of under served children in Greenville.

"Our goal is to raise $30,000 during our spirit week," Lavely said.

So, to raise part of that $30,000 the challenge is to rev up community support.

"Have you driven a Ford lately?" Brandon Small asked with a smile.

He's the Internet Sales Manager with George Coleman Ford. As part of the campaign, he said customers can choose to test drive one of the new models.

"We've got the new Explorer, we've got the new Escape and of course the F150," Small said.

After a test drive, the dealership will donate to the high school's campaign.

"We're doing $20 per test drive per household," Small said.

And Williams and Gillespie say it's the right route to take  to help someone else.

The campaign is part of the school's spirit week, which kicks off in April. Each year, students choose a charity or an organization to raise money for. Students and staff of Travelers Rest High School will meet at George Coleman Ford, which is located on 47 Plaza Drive in Travelers Rest. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students are hoping to raise $6,000 of that $30,000 goal on Satuday.

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