Metro Schools employees donate $133,000 to United Way

From United Way Nashville: On Tues., Nov. 26, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) closed its annual giving campaign by presenting one lucky MNPS employee with keys to a Chevy Cruze from Freeland Chevrolet. MNPS employee David Hines and his family received the car at Stratford High School, the school that had the highest year-over-year increase in its campaign from 2012-13, exceeding $1,000 in new contributions. In total, the campaign raised more than $133,000 in 2013.

MNPS employee David Hines, center, with his wife and son, Sean Donaldson (L) of Freeland Chevrolet, and Dr. Jesse Register (R), Director of Schools, MNPS

“Freeland Chevrolet wanted to get involved with the Giving Campaign to reach out to the entire Nashville community,” said Sean Donaldson, Freeland Chevrolet. “MNPS represents the community at large with some of our most valued members to come, our children. By partnering with MNPS for a car giveaway, we thought it would motivate individuals to give more to the campaign, which would in turn help more people in the community. We're extremely proud of the campaign's success and congratulate Mr. Hines and his family on receiving the Freeland 2013 Chevrolet Cruze.”

MNPS had promoted the newly created partnership with Freeland Chevrolet in August when the MNPS giving campaign launched, asking employees to join the $100 per year club. All employees who did were entered into the drawing for the car. In total, 580 people joined the $100 per year club during the campaign.

Members of Stratford High School’s marching band, cheerleaders, faculty and staff were on hand not only to celebrate Stratford’s achievements during the campaign, but also to recognize Hines for winning the car.

“Freeland Chevrolet’s support of the Metro Schools’ United Way campaign is another way the dealership is helping make Nashville even better. Ben Freeland and his team support the Academies of Nashville in our high schools, sponsor a spelling bee, volunteer in schools and even replaced football gear destroyed by the May 2010 flood. The two-year lease of the Chevy Cruze created a lot of excitement and we are very thankful,” said Craig Ott, Executive Director, Human Capital Operations for Metro Schools. “Freeland Chevrolet is great asset to our community.”

In addition to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, investments from MNPS’ campaign will go to four other local charities: Community Shares, Community Health Charities, the Public Education Foundation, and the Metro Nashville Education Association.