Top Dog Express Car Wash pays it forward to higher education


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Top Dog Express Car Wash marketer Mary Meibers and owner Matt Freeman give a check to Brevard Schools Foundation director Janice Kershaw, schools superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn, board member Amy Kneessy, and district staff members Annie Harris and Debra Foley.

Matt Freeman is part of the 50 percent.

That is, half of his family are entrepreneurs and the other half are educators. So it made sense for his Top Dog Express Car Wash, Detail & Oil Change in Suntree to raise money so that high school students could realize their dream to attend college.

He presented a check for $5,221 at the July 21 Brevard School Board meeting to the Brevard Schools Foundation for its Take Stock in Children program.

“It's not a given that we can all have this opportunity for higher education,” said Freeman, whose parents Carolyn and step-dad Frank Ibbotson, retired teacher and retired administrator, came in from out of town to attend the ceremony.

“For these students who are in high school and are putting an effort into their studies, this program helps them get on to college, and I like that all the money we have donated is matched by the state to help it go even further.”

Freeman raised the money from July to January by putting a dollar from each premium package car wash toward the fund.

The business in itself is a contribution to education. Half of the employees who work hard drying and buffing freshly washed cars are students in high school and half are working their way through college.

The business is a great inspiration for others to follow, said Brevard Schools Foundation director Janice Kershaw.

“When businesses invest in education, they are getting a great return in a stronger, more prosperous community.”

For more information on the program, go to  Take Stock in Children and Brevard Schools Foundation.