Test Drive a Ford: School Gets Swings

As loathe as I am to be pimping for a car company in this space, in this case the deal for Prince Street School is simply too good to pass up: next Tuesday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Prince Street you can drop by and test drive a new Ford Fiesta, Focus or Fusion.

It just takes 20 minutes, there’s no sales person involved (a volunteer will ride along in the back seat with you), and the school gets $20 toward its playground campaign from Ford. You’ll be able to get a hot dog while you’re there too, just in case the test drive makes you hungry.

The only qualifications for the test drive are that you are 18 years of age or older, and that you have a valid driver’s license. You can book a spot online or, if you want to leave it to chance, just show up at the school parking lot that day.

This is a free and relatively painless way for you to support Prince Street School, so I’d encourage everyone in the readership to pop over on Tuesday (especially those — and I’m pointing at you, Steven Garrity — who live nearby and can stop in on their way home).

We can raise up to $6,000 on Tuesday if we can corral 300 people to take a test drive: that’s enough to buy a brand new set of swings for the playground, something the school hasn’t had for a long time. Just think how proud you’ll feel when you walk by the school and think “wow, my 15 minute test drive helped buy those swings: look at what joy they are bringing to the young children of the neighbourhood!”)

* Actual Ford car and happy children playing on swings may not be exactly as shown.


Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on June 14, 2012 - 15:57

I’ll take the bait and take a sweet American sedan around the block. The odd conflaguration of promoting a giant US car company and supporting a neighbourhood project is unsettling though. We could probably make more money sticking a few Coke machines in the lobby of the school (or the “Frito-Lay Pavillion”).

I was also made aware of this event via the complex network of over-the-pickett-fence chats on Upper Prince St.

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Peter Rukavina on June 14, 2012 - 16:39

Yes, odd conflaguration indeed. But I’ve had to become more comfortable with odd conflagurations where things like this are concerned. 

In truth, it’s absurd that hundreds of hours of staff and volunteer time are consumed with paying for a playground that should be paid for from public funds as a part of school infrastructure. 

But if we wait for that to happen, and so go without playgrounds on principle, we’ll be leaving generations of children without joy in their hearts.

Of course when we’re approached by a weapons manufacturer to host “Try out an AK-47 Day” we may be forced to reconsider.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on June 14, 2012 - 16:39

Oh, and thanks for your support. I am happy to see that there is an active social network spreading the word about Prince Street projects running up as far as your house.

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Steven Garrity on June 14, 2012 - 17:13

Yeah, what I would really like is a “raise my taxes” button.

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Ann Thurlow on June 14, 2012 - 18:52

Loathe as you are to use facebook — it might be an idea to create a FB event about this.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on June 14, 2012 - 19:08

Facebook Event created. I will rely upon your awesome Facebook-using powers, Ann, to spread the invitation!

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oliver rukavina on June 15, 2012 - 13:55

It’s Principal Not principle.

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Peter Rukavina on June 15, 2012 - 13:58

There are two words: principal and principle. They are homophones.

Principal means “the person with the highest authority or most important position in an organization, institution or group.”  Like “Principal MacIsaac.”

Principle means “a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.”  Like “on principle I will not eat meat.”

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