New England Schools Receive $83,845 Berlin City Auto Group Awards 46 local schools with donation from Drive for Education Program

PORTLAND, Maine — Berlin City Auto Group has announced its January grant donation of $83,845 awarded on behalf of its Drive for Education program.

Berlin Elementary School, Berlin Middle/High School in Berlin and Ed Fenn School in Gorham are among the 11 New Hampshire schools to receive awards this year.

The program, in its 10th year, uses proceeds from area car sales to fund grants awarded to neighboring schools.

This year, 46 schools in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont will be receiving grants.

The presentation ceremony for the New Hampshire schools will be held at, 485 Main St. in Gorham, at the newly renovated Berlin City Honda of New Hampshire facility on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. The other New Hampshire schools to be honored are: Brushton Public School, Joshiah Bartlett Elementary, Stark Village, Jackson Elementary, Stratford Elementary, White Mountain Regional, Guilford and North Adirondack Elementary.

In addition to the 46 schools receiving grants, Berlin City will use this year’s Drive For Education event as an opportunity to present Folds of Honor with $14,020 raised during their 2019 Memorial Day Promotion.

Folds of Honor provides scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members in New England.

This year’s combined donation of $83,845 brings the total amount donated through the Drive For Education program since its inception in June 2011 to $641,297.

“We are so excited to present the checks to this year's recipients. The award ceremonies are always very special to our employees — they get to see the kids, teachers and parents — smiles and appreciation are everywhere that day.

Now entering the 10th year, our Drive For Education is more important than ever as our dealerships continue to give back to our amazing communities,” said Yegor Malinovskii of Berlin City Auto Group.

Separate grant presentations will be given in Maine and Vermont.

The presentation ceremony for the Maine schools will be held at Berlin City Honda of Portland located on 255 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. The 21 Maine schools that will be honored are: Great Falls Elementary School, East End Community School, Morse High School, Riverton School, Ocean Avenue Elementary School, Waldo Skillin Elementary School, South Portland High School, Lyman Moore Middle School, Westbrook Middle School, Memorial Middle School, Portland Public Schools, CK Burns School, Falmouth High School, Memorial Middle School, Westbrook Middle School, Harrison Lyseth Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Morse High School, Memorial Elementary School, South Portland High School and Meredith Doyle Lyman Moore

The presentation ceremony for the Vermont schools will be held at 586 Marshall Ave. in Williston, Vt., at the Berlin City Kia facility on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. The 14 schools that will be honored are: Williamstown Middle High School, Sustainability Academy, Founders Memorial School, Moretown Elementary School, Browns River Middle School, Bellows Free Academy, Orchard School, Essex North Supervisory Union, Fletcher Elementary School, Chamberlin School, Montgomery Elementary School, Northern Adirondack Elementary, Hinesburg Community School and Allen Brook School.

Berlin City Auto Group created the charity program Drive for Education to support enriching the lives of children through education and foundational support. 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. 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 seven locations throughout New England, Berlin City Auto Group gives a portion of the sale to the Drive for Education program.

For more information about the Drive for Education program, go to berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm

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