Patterson students get their scholarships
As I reported today, all's well that ends well for the four students at Patterson High who were promised scholarships by Castle Toyota/Scion. After the public's outpouring of support yesterday, the school raised enough money to give the four students two years of community college tuition, rather than the one year they were expecting, and got more to spare for scholarships for other students.
Among the people who contacted me saying they'd like to give money: the manager of Russel Toyota, one of Castle's competitors. Another Toyota manager wrote me this morning to dispute Marcia Castleman's quote in my story today saying that the auto maker requires its dealers to get publicity for their philanthropy. "Toyota has never required dealers to get publicity for charitable donations," he wrote. "Most dealers are charitable because it is the right thing to do and a way to return goodwill to our commuities."