Caldwell, West Caldwell and Verona residents will have the opportunity to help out their school districts while driving off the lot in their brand new car.
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge, located at 225 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona, will be partnering with the Verona and Caldwell-West Caldwell School districts by making donations every time a resident makes a car purchase.
DeCozen held a special event Friday to get ready for the big March 1 kickoff with superintendents of each district as well as members of the districts' school foundations in attendance.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity, and are looking forward to working with DeCozen and the Verona School District on this partnership,” said James Heinegg, Superintendent of Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools. “The program will benefit our students through the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation, which plays a critical role in supporting our schools."
DeCozen will make a $200 donation to the school district of any resident of Verona, Caldwell or West Caldwell who buys a car anytime from March 1 to May 31 of 2013.
“We are an in-town dealer and want to be more involved in the community,” said Michael Cerino, DeCozen CEO and President of the Verona Chamber of Commerce. “What better way to get involved than to partner with the schools?”
The partnership came into fruition after Cerino and the Verona Superintendent Steven Forte met at a Chamber of Commerce networking event held at the dealership in January.
"The Caldwell West Caldwell School District’s students, parents, administrators and staff thank DeCozen for helping us service the interests and needs of the school district," said Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation President Marie Lanfrank. "Their offer to donate $200 when someone from Caldwell or West Caldwell purchases a car from them is a remarkable vote of confidence in our mission, our organization and our schools."
Lanfrank added, "It clearly signals to students that DeCozen believes in them to make the most of their educational experience and to the district administrators and staff that DeCozen supports their efforts."