Business partner presents donation worth $10,000 to Black ES

February 28, 2018

Mike Humphrey (left), Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers owner, presents a $10,000 check to Melissa LeDoux
Mike Humphrey (left), Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers owner, presents a $10,000 check to Melissa LeDoux, Black Elementary School principal, and her staff for technology upgrades during a short ceremony before classes Feb. 27.

Feb. 28, 2018—In continuing its partnership with Black Elementary School, nearby business partner Auto-Lab of Cypress of Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers made a visit to the campus on Feb. 27, presenting the school with a donation worth $10,000 for technology upgrades.

Auto-Lab of Cypress Owner Mike Humphrey and Store Manager Jeff Adams were on hand at Black, continuing a three-year relationship with the business partner and campus. Following a staff meeting in the library, Black Principal Melissa LeDoux highlighted the work Auto-Lab of Cypress has done for the school.

“It takes a village and it takes all of us working together,” LeDoux said. “Having their support – they’ve done so for three years – truly makes a difference in how we’re able to meet the needs of our kids because we can’t do it alone.”

The relationship is part of the Auto-Lab Texas “Give Back 5” Program, in which the business partners with local non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations and schools. Auto-Lab customers who choose to participate in the program can designate which organization will receive their charitable donation, which comes from five percent of the pre-sales tax purchase. Auto-Lab Texas distributes checks to its partners every quarter.

Melissa LeDoux (right), Black Elementary School principal, poses with Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers store manager Jeff Adams (left) and owner Mike Humphrey are the business partner
Melissa LeDoux (right), Black Elementary School principal, poses with Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers store manager Jeff Adams (left) and owner Mike Humphrey are the business partner presented a $10,000 check to the campus Feb. 27 for technology upgrades.

This donation however, spawned from recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. While many early needs were assessed, met and filled, Auto-Lab of Cypress continued reaching out to its partners and a suggestion was made of helping upgrade technology at Black.

“I was just in tears and blown away by the gesture,” LeDoux said. “That’s where we’re heading. We’re 21st-century learners and having all this technology will help. What the district has provided has been helpful but this will allow us to put even more tools in the hands of our kids.”

Said Humphrey: “Our shop was spared but many people had to rebuild their homes, and since we were spared that expense, we said ‘That’s a blessing. Let’s take that blessing and sow it back into something that will make a difference.’”

For Humphrey, it was simply the right thing to do. Auto-Lab of Cypress is the third business for he and his wife, but it’s no longer just about sales and dollars.

Black Elementary School and its PTO presented its business partner with a plaque signifying its years of support
As part of recognizing its relationship with Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers, Black Elementary School and its PTO presented its business partner with a plaque signifying its years of support.

“We’ve been through the process of building and selling a business for profit and that’s satisfying,” Humphrey said. “That’s important but we’re at a point where having the community get some of the fruit out of it…is more important.”

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