Truck pull raises money for South Bend students

There are a lot of people pulling for the South Bend schools and now they’ll get a chance to put some muscle behind that message.

On October 10, Towne Air Freight of South Bend will be setting one of its rigs with a 53-foot trailer in the city parking lot behind the downtown South Bend Chocolate Café.

There, teams of 20 will have a crack at seeing who can pull the rig 12 feet the fastest. But in order to participate, teams must raise at least $1,000.

The truck pull also offers a chance for high school teams to raise money for their own causes, including sports. Jerry Scott from Towne Air Freight explains “high school kids 16 and older can form teams. They have to raise $500 to compete, but anything over the first $500 will go back to their organization for their purposes.”

The money raised goes to the Public Education Foundation which funds reading programs for the South Bend Community School Corporation.

The program targets children whose reading and spelling skills rank in the lowest 30th percentile. Still, the program reaches all of the kids in kindergarten through the second grade.

Awards for the competition will be given out including spirit awards for teams that really get into it, whether they come up with uniforms, special T-shirts or chants. Trophies will go to the teams that raise the most money. The one team that raises the most money will get a free dinner at a Hacienda restaurant October 11 and the names and organizations of the top money raisers will go up on billboards around town.

For more information on the truck pull, you can call (574)283-8039 or click on the Big Red Bar.


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