The Dolan Auto Group donated $50,000 to Carson City schools, according to a school district news release. The money was awarded as part of the “Dolan Class Project,” a community benefit program the dealership hosts each year. Eight of 10 schools in Carson City received funding. In total, nine winners were awarded including the grand prize, the release said. As part of the application, teachers and program leaders provided a short, one- to two-minute video giving an overview of a community project they planned to do with their students as well as explaining how the funds will be used. Every teacher that entered this year’s giveaway was awarded a share of more than $100,000.
Eagle Valley Middle School’s agriculture program was a recipient of the Dolan Class Project.
Historically, the Dolan Class Project distributes $60,000, but this year that amount increased to more than $100,000 and was further increased to award each participant with a minimum of $5,000. These were the most classrooms ever awarded funds. The grand prize of $10,000 was awarded to Nicole Witkowski’s fifth-grade band at Fritsch Elementary School, as voted on by the community. The funds awarded to Witkowski’s band will provide enough instruments for all fifth graders to have an equal opportunity to participate in band as well as their participation in the annual Band-o-Rama concert in celebration of Music in our Schools Month. The class also plans to give back by donating a portion of their funds to Holiday with a Hero, supporting local law enforcement’s efforts to ensure every child has a happy holiday. Other teachers and schools listed as class project winners earning a $5,000 check in the Carson City School District include the following (alphabetically by school):
Mark Twain Elementary School’s Posada event also earned funding from the Dolan Class Project.
• James Barfield, Bordewich Bray Elementary School, for third grade books and learning manipulatives • Daniel Ingram, Carson High School, for the Orienteering program • Briana Valley, Carson Middle School, for the Veterans Day Concert • Lauren Cimino, Eagle Valley Middle School, for the agriculture program • Adrienne Wiggins, Empire Elementary School, for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) projects • Cassidy Robinson, Empire Elementary School, for a districtwide mariachi music program • Amy Nutcher, Mark Twain Elementary School, for the Posada Event • Daniel Echebarria, Pioneer Academy, for a new fine arts stage A video of the announcement by Brady and Ryan Dolan can be at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FNUokTNnDc.
Dolan Auto Group formed the Dolan Class Project in 2011. This simple project has transformed into a huge community partnership that strives to support schools and local organizations. Visit www.dolanautogroup.com/class-project/fall-2021.htm for information.