When a local company steps up to the plate to help area schools, they deserve some recognition. Berlin City Auto Group, well done! 

My friends Suzette and Mike McPherson had me over for dinner last week. We began discussing local charities and helping others in need. That is when he told me about a little known program through his work at Berlin City, which has handed out $319,890 since 2011. I couldn't believe I had never heard of this. Here's the info he sent me. Maybe your child's school will be awarded one day. Here is the info and most recent winners.

About the Drive for Education Program -Berlin City

Berlin City Auto Group and its employees believe every child holds a key to the future. We believe in enriching the lives of children through education and foundational support. We believe in helping to pave their road. That is exactly why the truly special, forward-thinking charity program, Drive for Education, was created. To be considered as part of the program, a local school must submit an online application and personalized essay to Drive for Education that best describes how their school would utilize a donation of up to $3,500. Berlin City Auto Group’s Brand Ambassadors, a group of employees that lead the dealerships’ community involvement, evaluate each online application and personalized essay and select the most suitable schools.

From each vehicle sold at its 15 locations throughout New England, Berlin City Auto Group gives a portion of the sale to the Drive for Education program. This year alone, Drive for Education has awarded more than $80,000 to New England schools with a donation total of $319,890 since June 2011.If you’d like more information about the Drive for Education program, please visit our website at:http://www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm

PORTLAND, ME – December 10, 2014 – It is with great pride and pleasure Berlin City Auto Group announces the 27 schools throughout the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that will receive up to a $3,500 donation from our Drive for Education program. There will be three separate presentation ceremonies held to honor each state’s schools. The schools and their presentation dates are listed below.

The presentation ceremony for the Maine schools will be held at, 255 Maine Mall Road, Portland, Maine, at the new state-of-the-art Honda facility, on December 17, 2014 at 12 NOON.  The ten schools that will be honored are:

·        Skillin Elementary School – South Portland

·        Brown Elementary School – South Portland

·        South Portland High School – South Portland

·        King Middle School – Portland

·        East End School – Portland

·        Howard C. Reiche Community School – Portland

·        Saccarappa School – Westbrook

·        Brunswick High School – Brunswick

·        Guy E. Rowe School – Norway

·        Dirigo Elementary School – Peru

CONGRATS!