Atlanta I-CAR Supports High School Collision Repair Through CREF

June 13, 2022 – The I-CAR Committee of Atlanta helps support collision repair programs at Georgia high schools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

According to a press release, the Paulding High School auto body program in Dallas, Georgia, recently held its second annual toy car race. It involves students building their own six-inch-long cars using recycled parts and racing them against each other.

Hundreds of people attended the race. The program is still relatively new to the school, but the support they have received so far has helped it become a great outlet for students.

“Without the support we have received from our Advisory Board, the Atlanta I-CAR Committee and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), there is no way this program will get anywhere near where it is,” said the program instructor Leroy Goodwin in the press release. “Our advisory board members are committed to our program and constantly make sure we have everything we need. The Atlanta I-CAR Committee funded grants and donated tools, equipment and computers, while CREF also provided us with tools, estimating software, paint and many materials. These groups are our backbone, and we wouldn’t have this program without their help.

Paulding High School received a CREF referral grant of $10,000 in 2021, which is funded by the Atlanta I-CAR committee’s annual golf tournament. In its last tournament, the committee raised over $100,000 to support collision repair education programs through CREF.

“These guys really care about the industry and they work tirelessly to get things done,” said Sam Melaragno, an instructor at Maxwell High School who was in attendance at the tournament. “Our advisory board is also great. They are involved and eager to support our program, and they provide feedback on our program to help us understand how we can prepare our students for employment. Their contribution is as valuable as the support they provide us financially.

The Atlanta I-CAR Committee also recently awarded two $3,000 scholarships to Marinelly Santiago and Abale Haylay, both students at Maxwell High School.