Monday, 30 October 2017 19:35

Students Helping Students with Recycled Rides for Schools in Omaha, NE

The Recycled Rides for Schools program took an unusual twist in Omaha. 

Students at the local technical school not only fixed the totaled car, but a deserving student who needed wheels was chosen as the recipient.  


Damingo Burks, a Diesel Technology student at Metropolitan College, was awarded a 2010 Dodge Avenger.  The committee selected Burks because of his great need for transportation to finish his education.  


Farmers Insurance donated the salvage car to be used in the Recycled Rides for Schools program. Repairs were then made by Metropolitan Community College Auto Collision students as part of their curriculum.  


After repairs, the MCC Foundation worked to identify a deserving recipient through a selection committee composed of the key players involved in the donation and refurbishment of the car. The internal review process examined the students’ needs and selected Burks because of his story. A resident of Council Bluffs, IA, Burks has had to rely on public transportation to get to and from class. The closest bus stop to the campus he attends is nearly three miles away, making getting to and from class difficult. 


Margaret Keith of CARSTAR Auto Body was on the selection committee that selected Burks. She says it wasn’t an easy choice. 


“I told my peers to get their tissues ready because it wasn’t going to be easy selecting a single student from a lot of very deserving ones,” says Keith. “I wish we could have given them all a reliable car for transportation to and from class.” 


Local businesses donated to make this car donation possible.  Businesses who provided donations of parts and services were LKQ, Keystone, Safelite AutoGlass, NTTR Towing, Charlie Graham Body and Service, CARSTAR Auto Body, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Charity Cars, Metropolitan Community College Foundation and the National Auto Body Council.  


Recycled Rides for Schools is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council.  


The car presentation was part of MCC’s Auto Collision open house at the Applied Technology Center. The two-day event gave potential students and their families an opportunity to tour the facility, meet the faculty and industry partners, and learn more about the accelerated program. The open house featured vendors, competitions, prize giveaways, I-CAR certifications and more.