Friday, 17 November 2017 23:47

Body Shop Owner Sponsors Special Needs School in Sand Springs, OK

Mark Battenfield of Battman Collision Repair in Sand Springs, OK, has his hands full these days with never-ending collision repair work. 

However, a few things he does not forget to do are spy on wildlife, ride his motorcycle and support local nonprofit organizations.

Mark is particularly connected to the Little Light House, located next door in Tulsa, because, he has a niece with special needs attending the school. The school has a waiting list that can typically take 2--3 years. 

 “If I can help that school out, so they can help more kids out, I will do it,” he stated.

Mark set up his sister (the student’s mom) in his body shop facility with an office in the back, so she can engrave glass and other things in hopes of selling them to pay for ever-increasing technologies that are mandatory for kid growth.

Mini Laps 2017

At the event, each kid spent a few minutes walking around a circular track that the school had built for its annual “Mini Laps.” All the kids dressed up in costumes and showed their growth, whether by moving with assistance or full-out walking, by walking around the track while the families applauded their milestones. This fundraiser brings in a significant amount of resources for the school, which has a fully trained special needs staff. From educators to OTs, they apparently have their bases covered.

“It was fun to be in support of such a well-organized event,” Mark stated. “Children, families and staff all seemed to be well orchestrated and having a blast.” 

Mark said that if he can fix some cars, paint some cars, and/or modify cars and then turn around and assist others, he calls that a great success. 

Mark has been in auto body since he was a teen, but it was not until the ‘90s that he decided to open his own shop, sporting all the gear to be an excellent shop. Since then, his shop has only grown and his presence in the community is great, as he has only 5-star reviews on his Facebook and Google+ pages---and we are not talking about 10 reviews, either.

Mark says, “You never get to where you are going alone. It is important as a small business owner to find ways to grow your business efficiently, while maintaining the quality standards that allow you to be in business for over 20 years.”