Under the HOOD GRANDPARENTS – The Greatest Teachers in the World Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 11, 2016. Honor your grandparents today by giving back to RPM Foundation – funding the educational pipeline for careers in automotive and marine restoration! Did you know? Our National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. She wanted to persuade grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. So 38 years ago, on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the ﬁrst Sunday after Labor Day.
Often, young people meet old cars because of their grandparents and parents, which is not surprising considering how knowledge and skills are passed down from one generation to another – something that RPM Foundation is very aware of. It is this precious sharing that causes us to celebrate with you today through the stories of some of the young people we impact everyday – passionate about old cars because of the greatest teachers in the world, their grandparents. “My love of cars started when my grandfather bought a ’68 Corvette Stingray. When I visited, he made it routine to work on it with me, and by helping him I began to learn about tools and parts. When I got to high school and saw there was an automotive class, I knew I had to take it. The summer after my junior year, I got a job at Route 66 Auto Tire & Brakes and worked doing oil changes, brake jobs, rotations, replacements, and more. Now, I’m in a fabrication class where I can let my huge imagination run wild. I love learning new things about cars so I can share the knowledge and apply it.” – Kyle, Lyons Township High School, Illinois, 18 years old. “I am a senior in high school who fell in love with cars and working on cars because of my family.” – Ben, Lyons Township High School, Illinois, 18 years old. “When I was young, my grandfather had a Ford Model T and my earliest memories were going for rides in it. My other grandfather had a 1957 Apache pickup that I just loved. I have been around old cars and trucks my whole life.” – Ryan, Highland High School, Arizona, 18 years old. 1
Under the HOOD “My ﬁrst restoration experience was when I was around 11 years old, when my grandfather imported a ’72 Ford truck. He loved the truck because it was the ﬁrst car he had ever bought in full.” – Edgar, Lyons Township High School, Illinois, 18 years old. “I have been interested in cars for as long as I can remember,but the ﬁrst engine that I have ever worked on was my grandfather’s Honda TRX R5.” – Thaddeus, Lyons Township High School, Illinois, 18 years old. “I have an interest in old cars, especially trucks. My grandpa drove a ’57 Chevy pickup that is currently being restored in his memory.” – Quinci, Dysart High School, Arizona, 18 years old.
We love what we do! RPM funds student scholarships, internships and apprenticeships and supports educational institutions that provide training for full-time careers in the applied arts for restoration and preservation. Since 2005, RPM Foundation has reached more than 25,000 people in 29 States and 3 Canadian Provinces. We’re making a difference in the lives of the next generation of craftsmen and artisans while having an impact on our automotive heritage. With funding requests more than triple what we are able to giveaway, your contribution is vital. Help us reach our goal of raising $1,000,000 in 2016! If you are so inclined and the timing is right, please join us by supporting RPM Foundation with a Donation in honor of your grandparents! You’ll see a variety of giving levels on this remittance ﬂyer. A gift at any level is deeply appreciated. What we do is important work for young people and old cars, and we cannot do it without you!
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