Rogers Toyota gets in gear for local kids

MacDonal Rivas, teacher assistant; Aaron Treadwell, deputy director; Glenn Silaski, general manager Rogers Toyota; Maureen McGrath, executive director; and April Williams, education manager; visit a Umatilla Morrow Head Start classroom.

When Umatilla Morrow Head Start went car shopping at Rogers Toyota in Hermiston, they drove away with more than a vehicle.

The conversation with sales staff by UMCHS Deputy Director Aaron Treadwell led to a dialogue with Glenn Silaski, general manager of Rogers Toyota of Hermiston. Silaski said the dealership wanted to get more involved with the community, particularly children and families — Treadwell had plenty of ideas.

A few days later, Silaski, Treadwell and UMCHS Executive Director Maureen McGrath were in a classroom at the Victory Square Head Start Center, playing with a group of the center’s 4-year old students. Silaski learned how the Head Start program operates, including information about a broad spectrum of programs targeted at young children and their families.

The visit led to Rogers Toyota contributing $2,500 to Head Start. Silaski then nominated UMCHS for the Toyota Dealer Match Program. The program will match an approved local dealership’s contribution to a charity of their choice. Several weeks later, a second $2,500 check arrived, bringing Toyota’s contribution to UMCHS to $5,000.

The Toyota contribution will be used for Head Start programs that provide early childhood education, nutrition, child care referral and home visiting services.

For more information about Head Start, contact Treadwell at 541-564-6878 or atreadwe@umchs.org.

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