The Edmond Sun

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July 1, 2011

Business owners deserve thanks

EDMOND — Driver’s education is often considered a teenage rite of passage, but budget cuts statewide are threatening extra-curricular programs. Here in Edmond, teenagers can thank eight local businesses who have chipped in to ensure the program stays fully funded. Plus they’ve added some new perks.

Donna Roukat at Dennis Chaumont State Farm Insurance led the charge to gather the necessary donations for the summer program’s longevity.

Chesapeake Energy, Collision Clinic and Enterprise Rental donated cars and fuel cards while the local State Farm agency, Sprint and Kirkpatrick Bank donated funds for a variety of needs including purchasing the driving manuals. Aegis Roofing gave soda and water for the participants while Keller Williams Realty donated five $50 pizza cards from Jo’s Famous Pizza.

One of the most interesting aspects of the donation drive is that students will get to learn about vehicles powered by alternative fuels. The three 2010 Compressed Natural Gas Honda Civics donated by Chesapeake cost about $6 to fill up each tank.

Roukat and the others who donated to the program said they were guided by a sense of community and a desire to give back.

All eight companies and those involved in the effort deserve a hearty community thanks for seeing that this need did not go unfulfilled.

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