Every year Victorville Motors and Desert FIAT of Victorville, California offers area high school students the opportunity to win a brand new car by achieving a perfect attendance record throughout the school year. The competition, known as the “It’s a Gas to Go to Class” giveaway, was launched in 2011-2012 and this year offers two Ram 1500 trucks as rewards.
The drawing for the two trucks will be held this Saturday at the High Desert Event Center in Victorville. A total of 15 local high schools participated n the competition, giving more than 22,000 students the opportunity to win a truck. In addition to the students, teachers also have a chance to win a 2016 Fiat 500X and a classified staff member will win a 2015 Fiat 500c.
Victorville Motors launched “It’s A Gas To Go To Class” in 2011 when the economy was still reeling and local schools were suffering from budget cuts. The sweepstakes were a way to inspire kids to go to class, which in turn would give high schools additional state funding for future educational endeavors. The program was such a success that teachers were eventually included and rewarded for their perfect attendance as well.
“The programs culminate each year with a celebration, this weekend, students and teachers and support staff with perfect attendance have a chance to not only win a new vehicle, but also a bevy of prises,” said Victorville Motors CEO Tim Watts. “But this is not just a car giveaway, it’s a celebration of education in the High Desert. This is our baby and we’re proud of it. We’re helping to get kids into the classrooms.”