CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge High School automotive students are repairing a donated Jeep and then will pass it on to a local organization that helps the less fortunate go places.
Students in Autos 2 at the high school are assessing and fixing the brakes, fluids and filters in the Jeep, which was donated by a local family, and also will install a new transmission. Upon completion of their work, it will be donated to the C.A.R.S. Ministry.
“That’s not something high school students do every day,” auto teacher Matt Hardt said in a news release.
C.A.R.S., or Christian Automotive Repairmen Serving, provides reliable transportation to those in need through refurbished, donated vehicles with the help of volunteer mechanics, according to Willow Creek Community Church.
Autos 2 student Ryan Nathan said even though the students get to learn quite a bit about cars in the class, it’s nice knowing that the vehicle is donated to people who need it.
“When I heard about the project, I was actually really excited because it was something I could do that would help out another person and apply my skill to,” Autos 2 student Daniel Bruce said.
Prairie Ridge’s auto program recently received several car donations from local families and a generous $37,000 donation in parts from Motor Werks in South Barrington, according to the release.
“It shows that as a mechanic, you’re doing more than turning a wrench,” Prairie Ridge industry and career division leader Kevin Koeppen said. “Not only is it showing what they can do skill-wise, but it’s showing that as a mechanic, you truly serve a purpose to your customer.”
C.A.R.S. operates solely on donations and will accept and use any vehicle, boat, motorcycle or RV, “running or not, engine in or out, smashed-up bumper, front-end collision – we will take it,” according to its website.
“I think the biggest thing I’m looking forward to is seeing it roll out of the bay, and it’s going to someone that needs it,” Bruce said.