Silsbee High School Principal Paul Trevino (left to right) and the Swift Automotive Team: Service Manager Kenny Breaux, Tony Ikner, Travis Eaves, Owner Bradley Foster with daughter Annastyn, and wife Holly holding daughter Kelsynn.
Swift Automotive of Silsbee has a mission to provide the people of Southeast Texas with exceptional automotive care, says owner Bradley Foster.
To that end, he is offering every Silsbee ISD employee an oil change – on the house.
Talk about a one-man teacher appreciation program.
“We wanted to do something special in for the Silsbee ISD, so we sent out hundreds of free oil change announcements,” he said.
It covers anyone employed with the Silsbee ISD, including bus drivers, teachers, maintenance, and administration.
That’s 407 employees marked for appreciation.
Foster said it started with a Teacher Appreciation announcement,”we saw it, and we wanted to jump on board.”
He discussed his donation idea with his team: Service Manager Kenny Breaux and technicians, Tony Ikner and Travis Eaves, who readily agreed to the plan.
“We are always doing something for the first responders, the fire department, and ambulance crews, but we were looking for something more to do,” Breaux said.
He believes reaching out to the Silsbee ISD was a good choice to help a lot of people.
“There’s been a good response because so many people don’t have a lot of resources (after Harvey),” he said.
Foster is a 2004 Silsbee High School graduate and remains loyal to the principles of the technical education he received.
“I did go through the automotive program, all four years, and the vocational program was phenomenal,” Foster said.
He says being given the opportunity to study “sparked an interest in him,” and he wants to see that grow in other students.
Silsbee Principal Trevino, working with Foster on the Teacher Appreciation effort, repeats Foster’s enthusiasm for the technical program at the high school.
“Tires, shocks, struts….they work on everything from the car computers to troubleshooting issues,” Trevino says of the Vocational Department students.
Some learning he says has come about by creating relationships with local car dealerships, showing students the profession first-hand.
Trevino said that the students also “love the challenge that SkillsUSA Competitions that allows them to hone their technical education.”
As long as there are cars on the road, auto-technicians will be needed, which is a demand that Foster and Trevino will work to fill.