Today students in the Beaverton School District can start speeding around playgrounds and gyms driving nine Pumper Cars. This mini fleet was generously donated by the Les Schwab Tire Centers of Washington County during a special event at Scholls Heights Elementary School. Les Schwab is a perfect sponsor for our program that provides mobility for children because this community-minded company’s slogan is, “Keeping Your Life in Motion.”
Brian Geddes, manager in the Beaverton area, explained that their group of stores felt that making this donation was a wonderful opportunity. “One of the things about being with Les Schwab Tire Centers. . . we try to support our communities as much as possible.” When he was asked about giving exercise equipment that will be used by hundreds of students, he responded, “It’s always a great day when you’re helping kids. It puts a smile on my face and it’s honestly a great feeling to do it.”
The cars were presented to two staff members including, Celia Whitehead, physical education specialist. She told those at the special event, “Beaverton School District students are lucky to receive this donation of Pumper Cars. They will provide all students opportunities for movement. . . especially with our special needs populations. Not all students get to experience the thrill of pedaling a bicycle. This is one way [they] can experience a similar physical activity.”
One fortunate young girl named Nicole was chosen to be the first one to test drive the new cars. Geddes commented, “We hope the students get lots of use out of these Pumper Cars for lots of years to come.” By the smile on Nicole’s face, their wish will certainly come true.