Miller Ford, Madras High School and members of the local community raised $2,640 for MHS student activities at a recent test-drive event, through Ford Motor Co.'s "Drive One 4 UR School" program.
For each of the 132 area residents who test drove a new Ford vehicle at MHS on Sept. 23, Miller Ford and Ford Motor Co. donated $20 to the student activities fund.
Since the program's inception in 2007, Drive One 4 UR School has generated a total of $19,620 for student activities in Jefferson County.
That accounts for 981 test drives by local community members.
"We are thrilled that so many people in Jefferson County turned out to support Madras High School," said Dick Anderson, general manager of Miller Ford in Madras.
"With all the cutbacks in school budgets, building creative ways to have fundraisers is imperative," said MHS principal Sarah Braman-Smith.
"The money raised in September will help fund student activities and we look forward to another event next year, Braman-Smith added.
Since its nationwide inception, Drive One 4 UR School has offered over 275,000 test-drives, and generated over $5 million in donations for high schools.