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News   May 7, 2010   by CARS Magazine


Toronto, ON – Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students will be shifting their learning into high gear, thanks to a very generous gift from GM Canada.

This past week, at Central Technical School, GM announced that it will be donating 128 late model, V6 and V8 auto engines to various automotive programs in 19 high schools across Toronto. The schools were selected after expressing interest in receiving the donations the benefits of which are immeasurable to co-op and auto shop program students.

“The value of this donation is immense in the automotive teaching area. The engines that GM is donating are in pristine condition, essentially cutting edge technology,” said Tony Rende, an automotive/co-op teacher at Central Technical School. “Students will leave our program with experience working on state-of-the-art engines which will help them in their career path.”

GM’s donation not only helps to reinforce the transitional link from school to the workplace by allowing students to stay current with industry standards but also reflects the company’s commitment to community and youth outreach.

“As a leader in innovation and technology, General Motors of Canada has always strongly supported education and investment in Canadian students,” says George Saratlic, Assistant Product Manager, GM Canada. “Giving students the opportunity to research and understand current vehicle and engine technology using a hands-on approach clearly provides a rich learning opportunity.”

With a total weight of over 24 000kg, moving 128 engines safely is a monumental and expensive task best left to the experts. APPS Transport Group has stepped up to meet that challenge by offering free delivery of the engines to the schools.

Rob McDonald, President of APPS Transport Group said “We are very excited to partner with GM and TDSB on this program. Private business can contribute so much to the teaching of our children and we hope that by donating our time and equipment we have in fact demonstrated what it takes for a company to be community minded and responsible.”

“GM’s donation, combined with the fantastic support from APPS Transport Group, is a tremendous gift to our auto shop students who will surely benefit from the hands on learning that these engines will provide,” said TDSB Chair Bruce Davis. “Our partnership with GM and APPS exemplifies the true spirit of community which is at the heart of public education. We are all invested in helping our young people succeed.”

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