Students refurbish car to give to supportive parent in need of vehicle

Students from multiple schools donate car to parent after working on it all year long

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Students at multiple schools worked all year long to enhance an older car that was donated to them in order to give it to one particularly supportive parent.

Students at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy (SPEMA), BRCC, and EBR Careet & Technical Education Center enhanced a 2011 Chevy Malibu that was donated by Gerry Lane Chevrolet. SPEMA decided to honor one of its most supportive parents, Stephanie Matlock, by giving her the vehicle.

Matlock is the mother of a student at SPEMA and is also a paraprofessional at Southdowns Elementary.

“She is a very involved parent and is always there to support her child and the school despite not having a vehicle. She uses city transportation to attend every event and never lets that stand in the way of being a loving and committed parent,” said SPEMA Principal Shalika Scott.

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The donation of the car was made possible through the Joshua Spencer Memorial Fund. The Spencer family donated money throughout the year to SPEMA, and that money was used to pay for the tax, title, and license for the vehicle.

“This is huge. We have been walking, on the bus for about four years and missing job opportunities and missing different because there was no bus line because it was difficult to get there," Matlock said.

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