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Students revved for Auto Day
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Auto Day got its motor running Friday in the Warren County High School parking lot. The event is meant to raise awareness of the school’s auto programs.
“This is the second year,” said mechanics teacher Joseph Earl “Mac” McClung. “Last year it was raining and cold. There wasn’t much participation. This year, we are not having that problem. It’s a beautiful spring day and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.”
Auto Day attracted a wide array of vehicles, including trucks, cars, 4-wheelers, jeeps, a snow mobile, and dirt bikes.
Local businesses also participated. NAPA, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and Viola Valley Racing Engines were among those. Larry Delong, owner of Viola Valley Racing Engines, brought his race car.
Bridgestone and United Steel Workers donated a car to be used as a fundraiser for the program, with students paying $1 for two swings with a sledge hammer and $1.50 for two swings with a baseball bat.
“I’m having fun today,” said Alex Pedigo, 14, as he manned the fundraiser and took a few swings on the car himself. “I don’t know why I like to hit the car. I know it’s a stress reliever.”
While students were enjoying themselves, the event spotlights the auto program. The school offers collision repair, auto repair and small engine repair. On display were a few of the cars students have been working on, including a truck that had been repaired and painted.
“We want to get students interested in our auto program and what we offer,” said McClung.
For more information about the WCHS auto program, contact the school at 668-5858.