By Janice Eck
(Victorville) If you were close to Victor Valley College around noon on May 8th, you probably saw a couple parachutes floating through the air and wondered what was going on. They were Valley-Hi Toyota Scion’s parajumpers who jumped out of a perfectly good plane at 3500 feet in the air to kick-start the 2nd week of Campaign for Classes. The parajumpers handed off the keys to Valley-Hi Toyota Scion’s Toyota Corolla for Victor Valley College’s Auto Occupado – an essential part of Campaign for Classes where supporters occupy new vehicles 24/7 to raise awareness of the affect the budget cuts have on our community.
State budget cuts have led to hundreds of classes being dropped from the 2013-2014 schedule at Victor Valley College. As a proud sponsor of Victor Valley College, Valley-Hi Toyota Scion understands the impact that budget cutbacks have on education. Evelyn Brown, Director of Customer Relations at Valley-Hi Toyota Scion, said in an interview, “When we hurt future leaders, we hurt society.”
Thousands of students, all of whom are residents of the High Desert, are not able to proceed to University campuses for higher education or receive certifications since the classes they needed were not offered during the Spring Semester. The lack of classes resulted in less graduates and created more stress for students and their families. To help get these classes back, Valley-Hi Toyota Scion and the Victor Valley College Foundation have come together “to raise awareness and funding that many of our local state and community college students are having to cut back on,” according to Brown. “So rather than wait for our community and its students to suffer at the hands of California State cut backs in the educational system, we have chosen to do something about it.”
The Campaign for Classes which goes from May 1st thru June 7th has set a goal of $250,000 and seem well under way to their target. According to Ginger Ontiveros, Executive Director of the Victor Valley College Foundation, “Just one week into the Campaign, the Victor Valley College Foundation has received commitments for nearly $80,000 which will fund 16 courses.“
Campaign for Classes is a text-to-give fundraiser that with Valley-Hi Toyota Scion’s support “is helping to turn frustration into graduation.” By texting G2VVCTOY to 20222, a $10 donation will be charged to your phone bill (message and data rates apply). For other donation options, please visit https://vvcfoundation.thankyou4caring.org/pages/c4ctoyota