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Monday, 29 August 2016 18:54

CREF Seeks "Back to School" Collision Program Support

High school and college collision school programs across the country are beginning, and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is seeking the industry’s support in helping instructors with donated collision tools, equipment, supplies, products, scrap parts, and other related items.

As instructors continue to face limited budgets, the collision industry is invited to help in providing in-kind product donations--which are tax-deductible--that can assist in helping to provide a quality technical education to the students.

To kick start the back to school giving, MCR Safety has donated 50,000 pairs of safety glasses and goggles to CREF that will be distributed to schools across the country. This donation will greatly assist students in staying safe within their collision programs and will be one less expense that instructors need to worry about budgeting for. MCR Safety chief operating officer Glen Herald commented, “MCR Safety is proud to be able to assist with these donations. I encourage others to do the same with overstocked inventory.”

CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “Industry companies who have items that can be donated to collision school programs are asked to contact the Education Foundation, and together as an industry, we can show these students that their technical education is greatly valued. Instructors have very limited budgets and every bit of assistance helps them provide the best technical education possible. Also, we cannot thank MCR Safety enough for their continued support of donated safety glasses, as they easily have donated over 100,000 pairs within the past several years, and its always touching when you receive phone calls from instructors who are emotional over the fact that these types of donations mean the world to them due to their budgetary restraints.”

Those interested in joining CREF in supporting local collision school programs should contact Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or (847) 463-5244.

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