Drive 4UR School has successful day

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Chris Schoff with his two sons Adam and Luke gets belted in to take a Ford Mustang for a test drive during Drive 4UR School Saturday at Morton High School.

Morton High School booster clubs, athletes, administration and residents came out on a sun-filled day to help raise funds for the new athletic facilities.

One of Build4Community’s fundraisers, Drive 4UR School, was held Saturday at the Morton High School and sponsored by Ford Motor Co. 

The efforts are to help offset the cost of the $4.7 million renovations.

MHS Athletic Boosters, MHS Band Boosters, Club Sooie and Morton LaCrosse all volunteer for Build4Community.

Attendees had the opportunity to test drive a vehicle — one per household — and $20 would be donated to Build4Community, up to $6,000. Other activities such as a car wash and concessions were held to help raise funds as well.

District 709 communications coordinator Carol Jankowski said about $10,000 was raised during Saturday’s events.

MHS principal Marjorie Johnson said working with Mike Murphy, owner of  Mike Murphy Ford, has been a positive relationship.

“He’s very, very generous and helped us

organize everything. He’s kind of a dedicated guy that’s been working directly with Greg (Prichard),” Johnson said.

MHS band booster treasurer Greg Lauer said the day did focus on raising money, but bringing the community together was its main focus.

“It’s the first time that we’re bringing the kids and the boosters together. Before, there really hasn’t been a reason for it, so the renovations and the idea to financially offset those costs is kind of the reason and why it’s going to bring those groups together,” Lauer said.

With a completion date of Aug. 28, Lauer is hoping the new turf, bleachers and press box will boost the band’s Morton Pumpkin Invitational held during Pumpkin Festival weekend.

“That for us, the band boosters, that’s our primary fundraiser,” Lauer said.

“Now, (band director Jeff Neavor) can advertise up. We can expect a better turn out and a better opportunity.”

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