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Wachovia Partners With School System, Donates $5,000 To Motorsports Program

Officials with Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company, announced Wednesday the company is assisting the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation in providing funding for the school system’s motorsports program.

Daniel Irving, store manager at the Centerville Financial Center, presented a check for $5,000 to Logan Young, foundation president, during a press conference at Halifax County High School (HCHS).

The donation by Wachovia will be used to support the #09 Pure Stock racecar driven by Trey Crews at South Boston Speedway and maintained by students at HCHS.

Audrey Davidson, executive director of the foundation, said the funds would cover the cost of NASCAR licenses for the driver and pit crew, racing tires and gasoline, uniforms and promotional materials.

“Students will benefit by gaining knowledge in vast careers related to motorsports including marketing, business, auto mechanics, fabrication, welding, media specialists, hospitality and tourism and graphic and web design,” Davidson said.

“From the school division, we owe thanks to Wachovia-Wells Fargo and to Daniel Irving, who has supported us in so many ways,” said Superintendent Paul Stapleton. “The best partnership we really have in the school system is our foundation. In fact, I don’t know what we’d do without our foundation.

“We have some really dedicated people on our education foundation, and that’s what makes it function so well,” Stapleton added. “And with Logan’s leadership and Audrey’s leadership and the other officers, it is amazing some of the things we’ve been doing in our school system.”

Stapleton said he is big on opportunities. “I believe we have to offer children opportunities and challenges,” he said. “And you need innovative programs like this motorsports program. You look at the young people involved in it and what they’re learning and the careers they’re going to have. They’re going to be going into things like engineering, auto mechanics and marketing, so we believe this is a very beneficial program.”

Stapleton stressed that no school board money is used to outfit and maintain the racecars in the motorsports program. He said all funds come from partnerships.

Kristy S. Marshall, Wachovia communications consultant from Richmond, and Tim Lovelace, local Wachovia personal banker, accompanied Irving in making the donation to the education foundation.