Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Spring, Texas is excited to be part of a unique collaboration with Ford Motor Company Fund. In December, the American automaker announced the Ford Driving Dreams education initiative with a donation of 10,000 new books and $100,000 in scholarships available to high school seniors in Greater Houston.
May 25th, Planet kicked off their portion of the Ford Driving Dreams Tour with its first school donation to Beneke Elementary School. The Houston area school has students from kindergarten to 4th grade.
Planet Ford presented new books in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company Fund. To mark the special occasion, Planet provided sweet treats and had a Cookie Celebration after the student’s award celebration. “The students, parents, and faculty were overwhelmed by the donation,” said Shawn Burns, General Manager and Operating Partner of Planet Ford. “We are very excited to help bring these new books to the school’s library for the all the enthusiastic readers.”
The Driving Dreams Tour is part of Ford’s overall education efforts in the state of Texas and focuses on promoting reading at an early age. According to the American Educational Research Association, the ability to read by the third grade determines a child’s future. Research shows that in some of the lowest-income communities, there’s only one book per 300 children. The 10,000 new books will be distributed by the end of the school year to children attending nearly 100 schools and programs that serve low-income communities in Greater Houston.
“Having access to books is one of the biggest predictors of a child’s academic success,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “And together with Ford we’re helping level the playing field for kids who too often go without these and other critical educational resources. We’re proud to join Ford and its Houston dealers to provide new books to kids in Houston and look forward to our continued work to improve lives in the communities across the country.” For more information, visit www.forddrivingdreams.com.
About Planet Ford
Planet Ford is located at 20403 I-45, Spring, Texas 77388. Planet sells new Fords, Certified Pre-Owned Fords, Pre-Owned Vehicles and offers onsite Parts, Service and Collision Departments. The location also offers a 28-bay Service Department. Planet Ford is an award-winning dealership known for their quality service, selection and dedication to customer satisfaction. Planet is a strong proponent of community. They sponsor many local schools, charities and non-profit organizations.