12/6/2013 4:42 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - A local car dealership is lending a hand to southern West Virginian students with $16,000 worth of donations.
Owner of L & S Toyota, Shawn Ball, announced Friday that the company will donate $1,000 to sixteen schools including Midland Trail, Greenbrier East, Greenbrier West and Shady Spring High. Members from each school were on hand to accept the checks.
"Education is more than the books," Midland Trail High School student Cody Hildebrand said. "It's more that the studying. It's just about the commradery of getting with friends. It's just learning life lessons for life that prepare you for what's to come."
In a separate effort to touch the lives of young students, the company also announced the launching of a the SMART529 plan, new program that will match up to $1,200 a year for those setting aside money for college.
"People need to try to do as much for their kids as they can, and it's easier when you start out early," Ball told WOAY. "You don't want to start thinking about how you're going to pay for whatever training or education they're going to want to have in their future."