Warming Hearts at School District in Need of Snow Plow
Emmett Toms, Dominion Energy external affairs manager, presents the new truck to Dr. John Keeler, superintendent of Buena Vista City (VA) Public Schools.
When the engine blew on the only pickup truck Buena Vista City Public Schools could use to scrape their parking lots, officials didn’t know how they were going to clear the snow at their four schools during the winter.
They priced out options for a replacement, but realized they couldn’t afford to purchase one in this year’s budget. Luckily, Debbie Gilbert, principal at McCluer Middle School, had a solution. Her husband, Ray, works for Dominion Energy in their Rockbridge district and suggested she send a request to see if they could offer a donation.
"We're very appreciative of Dominion Energy and what they do in the community," said Dr. John Keeler, superintendent of Buena Vista City (VA) Schools.
The school district and Dominion Energy had worked together before, including on replacing the lights at the football field before the start of the season. Dominion Energy was able to help out. Within weeks, they found a used truck that was in great shape and got it ready to hand over.
Superintendent Dr. John Keeler says the district is “blessed to be receiving the vehicle” which will be used to clear lots of snow and also pull a new trailer acquired to carry band equipment to upcoming competitions. “It couldn’t come at a better time for us and we’re very appreciative of Dominion Energy and what they do in the community and what they’re doing for us,” said Dr. John Keeler.