Drive a Buick for E.S. Laird

By Geoff Lee

September 27, 2016 1:32 PM

ey Klisowsky got together with students (front row from left) Bennen Sturge, Hunter Daigle and Danoe Messmer Friday to launch the test drive program that kicks off Sept. 29. Up to $10,000 could be raised for school outdoor activity areas and sports equipment.

Honk if you want to help E.S. Laird Middle School raise up to $10,000 while test driving a new vehicle from Westridge Buick GMC.

The second annual event organized by the Lloydminster Public School Division takes place at the school at 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 with the maximum amount in mind.

E.S. Laird and Westridge have set a goal of 600 test drives this year to break the record of about 575 test drives in the 2015 fundraising benefit for Bishop Lloyd Middle School.

“If we do 500 test drives we donate $20 per test drive and the school gets $10,000,” explained Jason Mills, the dealership sales manager at the program launch on Friday.

“It’s a great chance for us to give back to the community and a great chance for us to get people driving our great products.”
School principal Stacey Klisowsky is over the moon as to what the donation will mean to her school.

“This is an awesome opportunity for our school,” she said.
“It allows us to provide other opportunities for our students that aren’t normally things we would be able to fund for.”

The money will be used to create fun outdoor spaces for students to gather during lunch and break time to add to the school’s existing outdoor activities.

“We are looking for some equipment as well and seating areas,” said Klisowsky.

A student committee was put together to come up with the funding plans with sports equipment top of mind for soccer player, Hunter Daigle in Grade 8.

“We need more outside school stuff like soccer balls and everything because most of it’s getting worn out,” he said.

Danoe Messmer, also in Grade 8, thinks having different areas outdoors to lounge about and having more sports equipment will motivate more kids to get involved in fresh air activities.

“I’m excited and can’‘t wait so we can hang outside with our friends,” said Messmer.

The students are also urging their parents and teachers to test drive a new vehicle to fund raise the maximum amount of $10,000.

According to Mills, that should not be a problem as Lloydminster was the No. 1 city in the test drive program in North America last year.
“I think it’s a testament to how well the school runs the program,” he said.

“It’s the school division that runs it and we just bring the cars and have the fun jobs.”

The test drive will take place on a pre-planned route covering four or five city blocks.

“Our whole Buick line up will be here and we’ll have a bunch of new GMC products,” said Mills.

Klisowsky and her husband will be among the test drivers.

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