In a recent article covering Payson High School’s automotive program, the donation of a Mazda Miata was incorrectly credited to me. In fact, Joe Wilson, father of PHS graduate Mathias Wilson, made the donation to the auto shop with the hope that after years of faithful service, the Miata could continue to be useful to others.
It is only through the donations of community members that the automotive program is able to provide our students with hands-on experiences covering a broad range of car/truck service and repair.
This summer the Belcher family donated a Bronco, allowing students to work on a four-wheel drive vehicle while Gonzalo Gonzalez donated a Honda Accord that will become a proving ground for oil changes and tire rotations.
Throughout the years, many have provided their tired vehicles to the school so that students could learn, firsthand, about diagnosing and correcting problems as well as conducting general maintenance.
And as automotive technology continues to advance, our students would definitely benefit from opportunities to work on newer as well as older vehicles.
Thank you, Mr. Wilson, and all others who have provided mechanical “cadavers” to facilitate transportation technology education.
Anna Van Zile