Foundation partners with carwash to benefit local schools

Want to see more innovative, engaging lessons in your child’s classroom?

The Frenship Foundation for Leadership is giving grants to teachers who have ideas for interesting ways to engage their students.

But Cindy Stephens, executive director of the Frenship Foundation, said this year, the grant program has just $4,500 to be awarded at the Frenship Convocation on Aug. 14.

“There’s lots of teachers out there wanting to do neat things,” she said, but there’s not enough money to fund all the projects. “We’ll just give them as far as our money will let us.”

That’s why Frenship Foundation for Leadership is partnering with Mighty Wash, located at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and 82nd Street. People who get their car washed there can sign up to have at least 5 percent of the cost of the wash go to the Frenship Foundation for Leadership’s teacher grant program.

For washes costing $8, $12 and $16, Mighty Wash will donate 5, 6 and 7 percent, respectively.

Stephens said she hopes the program will bring in $10,000 to $15,000 for next year’s grants.

“The quicker we can get this going, the bigger and better we can get it,” she said. “We want to invite everyone that will to go and get their car washed there.”

To donate a portion of your wash money to Frenship, go inside the Mighty Wash and sign up for a sticker. Employees will put a sticker the size of a Band-Aid on your window and it will automatically signal to the carwash each time you come through that you want money to go to Frenship Foundation for Leadership, General Manager Jay Wyatt said.

The car wash also offers several other charitable options for giving a percentage of the wash money, Wyatt said.

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