FERRIS — Ferris ISD awarded top prizes, distributed more than 500 basic supply kits and collected $4,545 in funds for city youths during Saturday's Back 2 School Car and Truck Show at Ferris High School.
Taylor Oster, the event coordinator and FISD Coordinator for Student Family Service, said the event's success might have been nothing without countless volunteers, more than 1,000 people and local car clubs.
"The event was tremendous, but I'm impartial because it was a Ferris ISD event. It took a lot of cogs to make an event like this go off without a hitch," Oster continued.
With the help of like Midlothian Classic Wheels and The Cruisers Club Of Red Oak, as well as 9 Ford Cruiser's Club , Status Car Club, and Epic Illusions Car Club, the event raised $2,002 of the total from the car show's entry fees. Another $2,542 came from T-shirt sales and donations.
Oster said some of the people that helped its inaugural surge were Ferris ISD Superintendent of Schools James Hartman, the Ferris ISD Career and College Counselor Kathi Perez and Robert Requena, a well-known community figure and avid classic car purveyor.
"I would like to thank all of the volunteers that made the event happen," Oster stated. "Each one of them played such an integral part of the event's success and each one of them strive every day to make a difference in our children's lives. Ferris is made up of some of the kindest, most generous people, and I'm so glad we were able to showcase what we have to offer the world."
Students and student-athletes within Ferris ISD, chosen through a on a first come, first serve basis, will receive basic supply kits loaded with crayons, erasers, glue, markers, map pencils and standard No. 2 pencils and scissors.
While the Ferris Fire Department cooled Radio-Flyer -riding car show goers with shade from its trucks, Humpty Jumpty, an area party rental store that services southern Dallas-Fort Worth residents, offered a bouncy reprieve from the heat.
"I think it actually exceeded our expectations. This is the first time we've put on a public event to coincide with our back to school there. It definitely ended up better than we anticipated in terms of turn out and participation," said James Hartman, the superintendent of schools for Ferris ISD. "The involvement was very positive especially since Ferris is a small community. We don't always have a lot of activities that take place here in the community but anytime we as a school can bring in people from our own community and those outside of it is always a step in the right direction."
He said the funds, which came from the entry fees of the event and the patronization of the vendors at the car and truck show, will be used to purchase school supplies and backpacks for at needs students.
"For us, it serves two purposes," Hartman continued. It highlights some of the good things were doing within the ISD and helps bring families in so they can see the quality of life that we can provide here. It also lets them meet some of the dignitaries — elected, police and fire officials — that were very supportive of us and the event."
While Neil Hodgson and his 1959 Chevrolet Corvette won Best of Show, Coleman Yarborough, a Ferris ISD student, won runner up with a 1979 International Scout II. Paul Barrick's 1955 Chevy won Best Truck and Juan Cano's 2006 Suzuki M109R won Best Motorcycle.
Stacy Crain's 2015 COPO Camaro won first place in the 1986 to current Division. Steven Berroth finished first in the 1960 to 1985 Division with his 1970 Plymouth Superbird and Davis Gringas won first in the 1959 and Below Division with a 1929 Model "A."
There are 74 known Model "A's" in existence. Roger Oster won the Ferris Favorite Award with his 1973 VW Superbeetle. Though the fire and police departments, Ferris ISD school officials, educators and volunteers, had heavy hands in the work needed to bring children of the things the average everyday person may take for granted, they weren't the only ones with their digits in the melting pot.
TSC Embroidery also threw its proverbial helping hands into the ring — special back pack creations at a community friendly price.
"I did the embroidery for $5," said Vanessa Surles, the owner of TSC Embroidery, a Ferris-based ETSY online store. "That's half off my normal price of $10. I offered $5 backpacks, too, so they got a personalized-embroidered backpack with their name or monogram for only $10. What we didn't sell we are donating to the district. We want to hand out back packs to make sure students who may not get a new backpack this school year get what they need."
---- Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.