Family hopes to sell car, give school part of profit
For sale: A 2008 Nissan Quest with 58,000 miles, a roomy interior and a chance to benefit a local school.
Grand Junction couple Chuck and Leah Pabst posted an advertisement for their minivan this week on Craigslist.org. The Pabsts plan to donate $500 of the $13,500 they’re asking for the Nissan to a local public school of the buyer’s choice.
The pair has three children, ages 9, 6 and 4, who attend Caprock Academy and River Canyon School. Leah Pabst said she has friends all over the Grand Valley who are passionate about the various types of schools in this area, from bilingual Dual Immersion Academy to math- and science-focused New Emerson School.
“When we thought about selling our car, we wanted to give back to the amazing variety of schools in the valley,” Leah Pabst said.
Pabst said she wants to sell the minivan because she’s interested in replacing it with a more energy-efficient vehicle, such as a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius. So she looked up a price in the Kelley Blue Book for the Quest, which is in “good” condition, and posted it online with an offer to donate part of the proceeds to a school.
The donation offer has some stipulations. The price is non-negotiable if the buyer wants a $500 donation to be made to a school. The buyer has to pick a benefactor school in the Grand Valley that is either a traditional public or public charter school. If the buyer doesn’t pick a favorite for the donation within a week, the $500 will go to Caprock Academy.
Pabst said she has not had any responses to the ad yet, but she believes it may take some time to get the word out. She said two of her neighbors who are teachers love the idea, which was in part inspired by recent public school budget reductions.
“We wanted to say thank you for keeping up determination even in the face of crazy budget cuts,” she said.