FLORENCE — Greenway Automotive recently donated seven cars to the Drivers Ed departments of area school systems.
Two cars each went to the Lauderdale and Colbert County school systems and one each to Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Tuscumbia City Schools. Last year Toyota of the Shoals donated a car to Sheffield City Schools.
The seven cars combined are valued in excess of $100,000, according to company officials.
Local Greenway managers knew that some local driver education cars were accumulating high mileage. So company officials were anticipating that the late model used vehicles - a Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia, all with less than 40,000 miles -would help freshen up their fleets.
The keys to the cars were turned over free and clear following a short presentation last week.
“We are truly excited about making this gift to our local high schools’ Driver Education programs,” said Casey Coffee, chief operations officer at Greenway Automotive. “The cars aren’t loaner cars, rentals, or leases for a limited time. These will now be owned entirely by the schools to utilize at their discretion for however long they choose.”
“Last year we donated a Toyota Camry to the Sheffield City School District,” added David DeSantis, General Manager at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals. “That vehicle is still in service. So, you might say they got a little head start last year. This year we decided to really expand on this program and go from one vehicle to seven.”