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Friday, 12 February 2016 20:19

PA Single Mother Receives Car Refurbished by Students

Forbes Road Recycled Rides Donation

Recipient Julie Marasco and her children Luke and Rudy with collision students Ashley Shoben, Tim Shoben, and Dale Williams (Photo: Janel Lavorini, Forbes Road CTC)

A single mother and her two sons now have a way to get around after students at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center refurbished a car.

Julie Marasco received the car, which students spent hours working on. She’s gone without a car for the last five years.

“It’s so surreal. I can’t even describe it. I have no clue what it feels like to own my own car. It’s not even sinking in,” Marasco said.

The 2011 Toyota Corolla had been damaged in an accident and was headed for a scrapyard until the students fixed it up with the intent of giving it away.

“These kids are here for three years, some in the final year. Some of them didn’t think it was going to happen and I said I’m going to make it happen,” teacher Josh Krentz said.

All of the parts, more than $6,000 worth, were given to the school by local companies. The car was donated by Allstate Insurance.

“Literally, the blood, sweat and tears that they put into this vehicle, and all the people, the places, that donated parts, and Josh and everybody at the school -- I can’t thank them enough because it’s really like a dream come true, winning the lottery,” Marasco said.

To read more about the preparations the Forbes Road CTC collision students made for this donation, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to WPXI for permission to reprint this article.

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