Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Community partnership encourages students to "make the grade"

A successful community partnership continues with the announcement of the 2015-16 “Make the Grade” program. Together, the Office of the Mayor, the Manchester School District and AutoFair unveiled at city high schools the initiative that recognizes academic achievements. “Make the Grade,” a public-private partnership between the City of Manchester, AutoFair, NTB Bank, Manchester School District and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, also enhances the spirit of community commitment. 

This is the fifth year “Make the Grade” will award a brand new car to a junior or senior high school student who earns honor roll status the first, second and third quarters of the academic year. Next spring, the winning student will receive a 2015 Honda Civic. AutoFair brought it to each school today so that students could see for themselves the car that could be theirs.

“The Manchester School District and the City are excited to continue the partnership with Autofair to recognize the accomplishments of our local high school students,” said Mayor Gatsas.  “It is our hope that once again ‘Make the Grade’ will add a spark of excitement to the school year and drive students to work even harder to excel.”

Juniors and seniors enrolled at Manchester High School Central, Manchester High School West, Manchester Memorial High School, and Manchester School of Technology are eligible for multiple chances to win the Honda donated by AutoFair.  The car will be given away to the lucky student at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on June 10, 2016. 

An additional prize is included in this year’s contest: The school with the highest percentage of eligible students registered in the Make the Grade program will win $500 to help pay for its 2016 prom expenses.

“The ‘Make the Grade’ program has been a huge success, and we are proud to help set the bar that motivates students to strive for better grades,” said Andy Crews, CEO of AutoFair Dealerships. “The best part is seeing the joy on the face of the student who holds the key that starts the car.”

“Every student who achieves excellence deserves recognition for a job well done, and ‘Make the Grade’ is a fun way to do that,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, Superintendent of Schools. “We thank AutoFair for its generous investment in our students.”

For complete details and contest rules go to and click on the “Make the Grade” logo.    

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