LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – For teachers who showed up for their students during the pandemic, A1 Automotive plans to give 10 of them $ 1,000 credits as a Christmas gift.
Kendall Warnock is the owner of A1 Automotive and the mentor to a teammate at Culler Middle School. He is always thinking of ways to give back to the community.
“I was walking down the hall and had just seen a teacher with his face in his palms. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, ”Warnock said.
Warnock and his wife have three children. Some of their family members are teachers, so he wanted to personally and professionally show them his appreciation and pay homage to them.
He decided to help some of the same teachers he ran into in the hallway by giving 10 elementary and secondary teachers in Lincoln $ 1,000 credits each. They can go to any repair service they want in the New Year, like tire jobs or even brake repairs.
“Whether it helps them get to work with a reliable vehicle we’ve helped fix, get their kids to school or functions, or vacations with their family,” Warnock said. “We wanted to make a difference in the lives of teachers.
According to the State Education Association of Nebraska, nearly 88% of teachers reported a staff shortage in their school district. It’s a tough challenge during the pandemic, and Warnock sees the pain and exhaustion on their faces.
“The teachers have been through a lot, and I just want to make sure that we, with a small business in downtown Lincoln, honor them as best we can,” Warnock said.
A1 Automotive is accepting teacher nominations from the public until Monday, December 20. Nominations can be sent to A1 Automotive’s email address, along with the teacher’s name and the reason they should be nominated. Warnock will choose 10 teachers in a drawing on Christmas Day.
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