Akins Ford in Winder has made two 2017 Ford F350 flatbed trucks available to the Jackson County School System for a $24 lease for the coming year with a commitment to replace the vehicles annually.
The trucks, valued at a total of more than $100,000, bear the Akins logo, along with logos for the East Jackson and Jackson County comprehensive high schools’ Eagles and Panthers the FFA.
Dr. April Howard, JCSS superintendent, told the Jackson County Board of Education Oct. 9 when the vehicles were presented at East Jackson Elementary School, that the trucks would be used primarily for FFA activities but would be available for other needs as well.
With special thanks to Brad Akins and the Akins Ford dealership, Howard pronounced the $1 per-truck-per-month lease offer and the vehicles “awesome,” and she thanked BOE member Michael Cronic and Brandon Boone for their efforts in securing the trucks.
“Our trucks had gotten kind of worn out and rough looking,” Cronic said, citing both extensive mileage – more than 350,000 miles on the vehicles the trucks would replace – and wear.
“With the level of competition our students are performing at, this has become a real point of pride for them,” Howard said, noting recent high rankings and first-place finishes at the Georgia National Fair by members of the schools’ FFA teams.
She praised Akins’ “generous, generous support of our school system,” which will allow the students to “continue their participation with quite a showing.”
Faculty and students participating in the presentation included Todd Shultz, Shannon Lawrence, Joel Adair, Cale Howington, Wyatt Chandler, Austin Hill, Bella Chander, Peyton Bragg, Peyton Puckett, Kaylie Boone, Nate McKinney, Josh Whitworth, and Micah Story.