The Phoenix - - COMMUNITY - —Sub­mit­ted by Jo-an Rechtin

Ja­son Owens, owner of Pa­triot Buick Pon­tiac GMC, re­cently un­veiled an in­struc­tor-brake-fit­ted Chevy Mal­ibu for use in the On-theRoad Driver Train­ing Pro­gram at Owen J. Roberts High School, which be­gan in 2011 when Mr. Owens pro­vided a ve­hi­cle for the dis­trict to use. Long­time friends, Ja­son Owens and re­tired Judge James DeAn­gelo, dis­cussed their be­lief that school-based, hands-on driver train­ing would cre­ate safer driv­ers and a safer com­mu­nity. Part­ner­ing with Dis­trict Judge John Hip­ple, they worked to keep this pro­gram alive in 2018 and be­yond.

Due to the gen­eros­ity of com­mu­nity mem­bers and Pa­triot Buick Pon­tiac GMC, Owen J. Roberts can con­tinue a fee-based be­hind-the-wheel train­ing, a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of class­room ed­u­ca­tion. The hands-on train­ing is of no cost to tax­pay­ers.

Act­ing High School Prin­ci­pal Dr. Sean Ear­ley, Michelle Frees (wife of the late James B. Frees II, school board mem­ber who worked on this project), Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Su­san Lloyd, McKin­ley Frees (daugh­ter of the late James Frees), Judge James DeAn­gelo (ret.), Dis­trict Judge John Hip­ple, and Ja­son Owens of Pa­triot GMC.

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