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Palisades Cybersonics team presents Ford test-drive fundraiser

The Cybersonics Technology Team 103 of Palisades High School in Kintnersville in upper Bucks County has again partnered with Fred Beans Ford of Doylestown to present a test-drive event to raise money through Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program.

Fundraiser in fall raised over $2,000 for the Cybersonics team.

Test drives of Ford vehicles, provided by Fred Beans Ford in Doylestown, will be tallied by Ford Motor Company, which will donate $20 per qualified test drive to Palisades High School for its Cybersonics program, up to $6,000.

Kids and robot

To qualify for the Ford donation, the test-driver must be 18 years or older, and only one qualified test-drive per household address is acceptable. There is absolutely no obligation to buy anything and no sales pitch…this is a no-pressure community event.

This spring’s event will take place from 7am till 12noon as part of the activities before, during and after the Palisades Community Foundation’s annual 5K Challenge run and 1-mile Community Walk.

It’s easy to raise money for Cybersonics. Simply show up, fill out a short form, hop into a waiting Ford and drive around the block with a Fred Beans representative. When you’re finished, you complete the brief survey on the back of your form, drop it off with the Cybersonics volunteers – and you’re finished!

Parents and older siblings of Palisades students, members of the local community, nonresidents of the immediate area, ALL are invited to participate, with NO sales pitch, NO obligation to buy anything and NO commitment.

Test-driver and Gary Glauser, sales manager at Fred Beans Ford

The high school is at 35 Church Hill Rd, Kintnersville, PA 18930.

Last fall the Cybersonics team participated in the Lincoln test-drive fundraiser, which operates just like the Ford program. The school raised $2,340. For this second go, students and advisors are aiming to get much closer to the $6,000 – or 300 test drives – limit that the program imposes.

Founded in 1995 to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, the Cybersonics Team is a group of about 30 students from the rural Palisades High School. Initially focused on technology-based interests, Cybersonics has since expanded into communications, graphic and web design, computer-generated artwork, business management and journalism.

Freddy gets his hugs in.

Team 103 has won numerous awards in all areas of competition, including the coveted Chairman’s Award in 2003, marking a pinnacle of achievement for the school-based group. It is supported in part by fundraisers and donations and the efforts of parents, community members and area businesses.

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