Car and truck club donates $8,000 to Live Oak High REACH Club

Members of the Southern Muscle American Car & Truck Club present a check worth $8,000 to members of the Live Oak High School Respect Everyone and Create Harmony (REACH) Club. The REACH Club, which aims to break down barriers and build lifelong friendships among individuals with and without disabilities, was voted as the car and truck club’s 2018 recipient.

A group of car lovers gave an inclusionary club at Live Oak High School quite the holiday gift.

Members of the Southern Muscle American Car & Truck Club surprised Live Oak’s Respect Everyone and Create Harmony (REACH) Club with a check worth $8,000 during its annual Christmas celebration in December.

Money for the donation came from Southern Muscle’s monthly car shows that were held in Baton Rouge last March through November. The REACH Club, a social network of students with and without specials needs, was chosen for the donation after being voted the car club’s “Charity of Choice” 2018 recipient.

This isn’t the first time that Southern Muscle, a collection of American car, truck, and bike enthusiasts from across southeastern Louisiana, has reached out to the REACH Club.

In December 2016, Southern Muscle donated a check worth $7,903.38 to the REACH Club during its Christmas bowling bash, as shown by photos on REACH’s website, www.liveoakreach.com.

Beginning seven years ago under former students Kristen Chambers and Trevor Darnell, the mission of the REACH Club is “to break down barriers and build lifelong friendships among individuals with and without disabilities.” Those friendships take place on and off campus, with students spending time together at school assemblies, sporting events, lunch and recess, as well as at slumber parties, the movies, and restaurants, among other activities.

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