Mock auto auction revs up at Tavan Elementary School


Hagerty’s Test Garage at Tavan Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 16, was a huge success teaching local students about the classic car world in conjunction with Arizona Auction Week.

More than 100 fifth grade students from Tavan Elementary, 4610 E. Osborn Road, participated in a mock auto auction, learning about car restoration, pinstriping, racing history and more through workshop activities.

“Tavan Elementary is thrilled that our fifth-grade students have had the opportunity to participate in Hagerty’s Test Garage for the third consecutive year,” said Shelly Rose, fifth grade teacher at Tavan. “Most of our students would never dream of seeing classic cars up close, let alone being able to sit in one. This is the highlight of their year.”

The students even showcased their own artworking illustrating, “Why I’m Excited to Drive,” which culminated in an art contest.

Ashley Melgar, 11, was the winner of the art contest.

“I am excited to drive because you can go to different places all over the world and do fun road trips. When I hear the word driving, I think of adventure,” Miss Melgar said.

Hagerty says the mission of this project is to inspire the next generation about automobiles.

“Arizona Auction Week attracts enthusiasts from all over the world, which is why it’s the perfect opportunity for Hagerty to engage local students who might not otherwise have a chance to take part in the automotive action,” said Rachel Ventimiglia, youth program coordinator at Hagerty. “We host programs like Hagerty Test Garage so we can provide opportunities for the next generation to get excited about cars and driving.”

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