Brad Akins, left, president of Akins Ford in Winder, was recognized March 12 for an extraordinary donation to the Jackson County School System. In the fall, the dealership made two 2017 Ford F350 flatbed trucks available to the Jackson County School System for a $1-a-month lease and 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 and the FFA.
Akins was presented with a framed proclamation from the Board of Education and photo of the trucks surrounded by FFA students; the mat was signed by students in both high schools’ FFA programs. Akins, shown with BOE member Michael Cronic, who helped arrange the donation, told BOE members at their March meeting at West Jackson Elementary School that the proclamation and signed photo would be displayed in the dealership’s customer service area. Dr. April Howard, JCSS superintendent, told board members when the vehicles were originally presented at East Jackson Elementary School Oct. 9 that the trucks would be used primarily for FFA activities but also would be available for other needs. CLICK HERE to read more.