Saturday, 16 January 2021 00:29

Teacher Receives Car Makeover for Service to Webb Middle School

Written by D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch
Teacher Colette Robitaille and her newly repaired and repainted Hyundai. Teacher Colette Robitaille and her newly repaired and repainted Hyundai. Maaco


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It was easy to spot teacher Colette Robitaille when she pulled into the parking lot at D.W. Webb Middle School in Tampa, FL.

Last winter, Robitaille's Hyundai was damaged in an accident, and she didn't have the time or funds to get it repaired. The front fender was torn off and, in an attempt to camouflage some of the damage, primer had been spray-painted on the rear end and hood of the car.


Frankly, it was a mess and an embarrassment to Robitaille, but car repairs are expensive, especially on a teacher's salary.


Robitaille, therefore, was surprised and delighted when the Tampa Maaco Collision Repair & Painting offered to refurbish her car for free.


Robitaille has taught special needs students at Webb Middle School in Tampa for 19 years. She said she loves teaching and relishes the relationships she's developed with her students over the years. She also volunteers countless hours for school activities and fundraisers.


After all of Robitaille's hard work on behalf of her school, Ivan Montoya, independent owner of the Maaco shop on Anderson Road, thought she deserved to drive a car that didn't look like it had just taken part in a demolition derby.


"Teaching students this year is definitely...

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