By HEATHER NELLIS
Recorder News Staff
FONDA -- All it takes for the Fonda-Fultonville Modified Sports Booster Club to raise thousands of dollars Saturday is a little time from community members willing to sit behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle.
Brown's Ford is offering free test drives through the "Drive One 4 UR School" promotion from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school parking lot.
For each test drive, after which participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire, the booster will receive $20. The goal is 360 people will participate.
There will be a variety of vehicles from which people can choose to test drive for free, including 2013 models of a Mustang, F-150, F-350, Focus, Explorer and Escape.
If people test drive the new Escape that will be featured Saturday, the booster has the potential to raise even more money, up to a maximum of $8,000 for the day's event.
"That kind of money will take care of what's needed for winter sports, and will give us a good jump for spring," said parent Vic Suchocki.
The booster has already raised $10,500 of the $13,500 needed for winter sports, said Marianne Suchocki, the booster club's vice president.
According to its website, the Drive 4 UR School program "was developed as a fun, engaging way to help schools raise money to support their sports and extracurricular activities."
Elementary School Principal Thomas Ciaccio said he saw the success other schools have had with the program, and thought it was a perfect fit for the district.
The district had to sign up for the program last year, before the 2012-13 budget was passed. The budget eliminated modified sports and stipends for extracurricular club advisors.
"As luck would have it, we signed up before the [2012-13] budget was passed, because you have to sign up a year in advance," he said. "It's a great opportunity for our school."
Some might have seen some of the vehicles around the school Tuesday, as Ciaccio is driving the F-350, fifth grade English Language Arts teacher Ann Mahon, the booster club's secretary, is driving the Mustang, and Marianne Suchocki is driving the Explorer.
They picked them up Monday night to showcase them this week in anticipation of Saturday's event.
Mahon's son, Alec Mahon, who is an eighth grader and multi-season student athlete, said it's been fun riding around in his mom's temporary new ride.
He said he's grateful to the sports booster's efforts.
"I was really excited when I found out they raised enough for football," Alec Mahon said, noting he hopes he can also play basketball and baseball in the upcoming sports seasons.
Fore more general information, visit www.driveone4urschool.com, or for information on Saturday's event, visit the booster club's Facebook page by searching F.F.C.S. Booster Club.