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Teenage Students Donate Car to Children’s Charity

Students from the middle school department of Stykkishólmur elementary school on Snaefellsnes peninsula, west Iceland, donated a car which they had renovated themselves to the Icelandic children’s charity ABC barnahjálp yesterday.

“We were given this car which had almost been dumped at Sorpa [waste disposal station],” the students’ teacher Sigrún Elín Svavarsdóttir told Fréttabladid.

The car is in fact made from two cars. “It was in a poor condition but we were lucky because a car of the exact same make and model was available at Sorpa and we went there and used the spare parts from that car,” Svavarsdóttir explained.

Renovating the car, which is a Toyota Tercel ’91, is part of the students’ practical education. Svavarsdóttir thought it would be disrespectful of her students’ hard work to drive the car back to Sorpa after it had been brought back to working condition, so they began pondering how it could be put to use.

Svavarsdóttir and her class then saw an advertisement from ABC barnahjálp on an exchange market of used vehicles and donated their project to the charity. It is the first car donated to ABC’s new market.

The practical education department at Stykkishólmur elementary school was launched last winter to give students a break from academic studies. Svavarsdóttir’s class first learnt how to repair bicycles and then they began working on the car in February.

The department will offer students in Stykkishólmur practical courses again this coming winter. “Now we are just looking for some other car that is about to be scrapped so we can start working on it,” Svavarsdóttir said.

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