McKinney North High School recently earned $6,000 the fun way -- by test driving new cars from Bob Tomes Ford. Representatives from the dealership presented the check on Thursday as a result of the school’s participation in the Ford Motor Company Drive One 4 UR School program.

The Drive One 4 UR School program is pretty simple. A local Ford dealership brings a selection of sparkling new cars to campus, and students (at least 18 years of age), teachers, parents and community members hop in for test drives that earn $20 a pop for their school.

To maximize their earnings, the McKinney North Student Council enlisted the aid of 300 volunteers. Now, they will take the $6,000 they raised and put the funds to good use.

“This money will go towards providing 750 families in the McKinney community with a Christmas meal, and we will restock our school kitchen in Malawi,” said Casie Homer, McKinney North Student Council Advisor.

“We will also set aside some money to finish out our teachers lounge. Our goal is to have a project going year round that is in our school, in our community and in another nation. Our students are true servant leaders and love to take on a task that can help fund our projects,” she said.

And, that attitude is worth a test-drive.

About the author: Shane Mauldin is a McKinney ISD Communications Specialist. You can reach him at 469-302-4007 or via email at

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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at