“It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid.”
That was the first thing Internet Director, Nevin Cordero said about the grand prize winner of this year’s 6th Annual Mark Christopher Chevrolet’s “Cool to Stay in School” (CTSIS) contest held May 16th. As you probably know already, CTSIS is a very special event that we hold each year, to help incentivize kids to go the extra mile, and show up, on time for school – every single day! For more information on the origins of the contest, visit this link: http://cobaltblogarchive.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/mark-christopher-cool-to-stay-in-school-pre-event/
Not only does this contest encourage students to stay in school, show up and contribute every day, but also raises a ton of money for area schools, which get federal dollars for every kid who is in school. Since its inception, Cool To Stay in School has raised over 1.5 million dollars for schools. That money can be used for everything from facilities, and computer labs, to extracurricular, and after school activities.
This year, we partnered with Los Oslos and Chaffey High Schools. All students with perfect attendance were eligible to win. And the incentive is amazing! Every kid with perfect attendance gets a Cool To Stay In School T-shirt, and is entered in a raffle to win tons of great prizes from iPads, iPod touches, Xboxes, and a flat screen T.V. to Dodgers tickets, and $100 gift cards. Of course the grand prize is the most compelling; one lucky kid will win the all new 2012 Chevy Sonic!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, Mark Christopher pays the taxes and license as well.
Los Oslos had 223 kids with perfect attendance and Chaffey had 124. What an accomplishment!
So back to the big day. On May 16th we had over 1,000 people show up at Mark Christopher Auto Center. KGGI 99.1 was on the scene with some great music, and we had tasty food and refreshments for everyone. After the all of the prizes had been given away, other than the grand prize, 5 lucky kids were called to the stage to see if their key would be the one to start the Chevy Sonic.
Oooooh the SUSPENSE!
Well it didn’t last for too long. Our winner was the third key tried and Leslie Flores, a freshman at Chaffrey High school, was the lucky gal to drive off of the lot at the end of the competition. Actually, truth be told, her parents had to drive the car home-Leslie is only 15. Earlier that day, Leslie’s dad came home from a long day at work, tired and didn’t feel like going to the event. Leslie was able to talk him into it, and so he, Leslie and her mom hopped in the car and came over. And boy, are they glad they did! Her parents were so incredibly proud of their daughter that they cried when she won the car. The other kids didn’t come away empty-handed, with each of them winning a $100 gift card. What a great night for everybody!
We had a fantastic list of sponsors that we will post a list of. This incredible event could not have happened without them.
The Mark Christopher team is so proud to be a part of this event, and also honored to know that our efforts, the dedication of the schools and mostly, the hard work of these kids pays off now and in the future. Devoted, enthusiastic young people make successful, productive adults.
As long as we are a part of this great community, we will do whatever we can to make an impact, and help make this just about the best place to live there is.
We can’t wait to do it again next year!
Mark Christopher Auto Center