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Giving Kids Some “Brakes” With Our School Supply Drive

Brakes for Kids With Our School Supply Drive

While it may be hard to let go of summer, back to school season is definitely upon us. As our community’s young people gear up to get ready for another year of teachers, books and backpacks – Scott Sherman Auto Care wants to lend a helping hand for children who are lacking necessary school supplies by helping them catch some "brakes" on supplies.

We value education and family and are consistently looking for ways to give back to our local community. The age-old tradition of purchasing supplies for school means that now is a great time to stock up on pencils, paper, folders and other educational tools. However, some families in our city find this part of the end of summer to be an added strain on their tight finances. To support these families in our area, Scott Sherman Auto Care is holding a “School Supply Drive to Give Kids a Brake” to benefit those in need at this time.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The list of products needed per child each year can be extensive. On average, teachers in our community spend around $500 a year from their own pockets to purchase school supplies for their classes and the kids they teach. In the state of Washington, there are more than 30,000 homeless students* – struggling to receive a quality education with no ability to buy their own materials. There are almost 3,000 homeless kids seeking a proper education here in Seattle**. 

As an added incentive to help us collect supplies, Scott Sherman Auto Care is offering a brake service special when you bring in 3 or more school supply items:  A free brake inspection, plus $50 off brake work. 

The following items are the most commonly needed. 

  • No. 2 pencils
  • Black or blue pens
  • Regular and fine-tip Sharpies
  • Wide-ruled paper
  • Pencil Boxes
  • Fiskar scissors for kids
  • Boxes of tissue
  • Glue sticks (thick)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Pink Pearl erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons (boxes of 24)
  • Sticky notes
  • Wide-ruled spiral notebooks
  • 10 pack of washable Crayola markers

CHECKING YOUR BRAKES

The end of summer is also a great time to evaluate the condition of your brakes. When you swing by to drop off school supplies, you can take advantage of our school supply drive discount if you also need your brakes serviced.  If you have been experiencing any of the vehicular symptoms below, we strongly encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to have your brakes checked. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Look – You can look at your brake pads through the spaces in the spokes of your wheel to visually check for wear. If the outside pad is right against the metal, you need new brake pads. Brake pads should be at least ¼ inch thick. 
  • Listen – A vehicle that needs new brake pads (and possible replacement rotors) will let you know by the sounds it makes. A high-pitched screeching is caused by a small metal part (called an indicator) that exists to make a warning sound telling you to have your brakes checked. Grinding noises mean that the brake pad is too thin or gone entirely and that your rotor might already be damaged.
  • Responsiveness – You drive your car a lot. When it suddenly starts to work differently, you will notice. If your brakes become less responsive, or if the brake petal sinks to the floor when you press on it, it’s time to get into the shop. It could mean that there is a fluid or air leak that needs to be addressed.
  • Vibration - A warped rotor tends to cause a vibration. This pulsing sensation could also be signaling that your tires might be in need of alignment.
  • Timing – It’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected regularly, even if there is a lack of troublesome warning signs. This will avoid any potential costs in terms of replacing damaged parts and keep your vehicle in its best conditions. Experts recommend inspecting your brake system every 20,000 and 60,000 miles, as well as having the brake fluid flushed about every 30,000 miles or 2 years.

Give both yourself and the children in your community a “brake” and stop by Scott Sherman Auto Care. We’d love to collect your school supply donations for our local elementary school and take care of your brakes at the same time. You can call us to make an appointment or book one online at our website

*http://www.kinf.org/about/who-we-help/

**http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/send-thousands-of-kids-back-to-school-with-everything-they-need/