The back gates of Yosemite High School opened last week for a brigade of Corvettes as the Southern High Sierra Corvettes Club arrived to present over $1,500 worth of tools to the auto shop program.
The club raised funds by hosting a car show at Sierra Pines Church. Members took the monies and purchased tools, including expensive items like an automotive borescope and power grease gun.
"When you look at the cost of tools today there is no way we can possibly keep up; donors are essential to the success of our program," said Kent Lincoln, the auto shop's teacher.
Auto shop students poured out of their second-period class to have a chance to meet and greet and look under the hood.
"They are a work of art," sighed senior Jesse De La Cruz as he looked over the Corvettes.
De La Cruz has spent three years in the auto shop program and is grateful for the donation, claiming the shop's tools were in desperate need of an upgrade because they are used everyday.
According to senior Vincent Richards, the auto shop prepares students with applicable job skills and more.
"Shop provides knowledge about cars that can get you out of a tight situation and save you a couple bucks, " said Richards. "I think it's amazing what the club is doing for us."
As hoods closed and handshakes were given with thanks, club members Dale Comer, Faustina Washburn, Tim Roche, Howard Davies and Gary Nolan buckled up and made their exit. The bell rang and students filed out, watching the procession go by.
"Every car club should support their local high school auto shop," said club member Howard Davies. "These students are the future of changing transportation systems."
For more information about Southern High Sierra Corvettes contact Gary Nolan at (559)381-2946.