The month of May was a busy time for the Guys in Blue, and they kicked it all off by celebrating deserving teachers during Teacher Appreciation week.

Once again, the SoCal Honda Dealers made it extra special for four deserving teachers throughout Southern California. This year, we celebrated the efforts of some of SoCal’s most devoted and impactful school teachers by bringing our Random Acts of Helpfulness to classrooms in Santa Ana, Castaic, Fontana, and Lakewood! To kick off the week, Teacher Appreciation went national when the TODAY Show joined us at Castaic Middle School, where we upgraded an outdated teacher’s lounge with a complete makeover. The entire teaching staff was nominated by teacher Mrs. Beth Holen, who felt that, after recent struggles and budget cuts, her colleagues needed to be shown how much they are appreciated and supported – and the Helpful Honda Team was there to make it happen. “This was more than we ever expected and we are totally, TOTALLY grateful for it!”

Another deserving teacher honored was Mrs. Shelley Coakley of South Tamarind Elementary, whose unique approach to teaching through performance art has brought out the best in her students – many of whom are special needs and English as Second Language (ESL). The SoCal Honda Dealers recognized the importance of Mrs. Coakley’s performances in her student’s growth, so we surprised her with a total stage makeover in addition to a library of books, crayons, and paper. “SoCal Honda is really making a difference, and we really appreciate it!” 

We also surprised 6th grade teacher Ms. Lindsay Yee of Madison Elementary School with a donation of much-needed school supplies including arts & crafts materials and a field trip fund. “This means the world to me, it really does!”

And it doesn’t end there! The Helpful Honda Guys went on to provide much-needed school supplies to Ms. Sid Shapiro, a 2nd grade teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing at Cleveland Elementary, who stated, “This is the best thing EVER. EVER!”

Sound helpful? It gets better!

The SoCal Honda Guys wanted to show our gratitude for mothers across the southland, so we set up our very own Helpful Honda Pop-Up Spas and surprised moms with a well-deserved treat: complimentary manicures and massages! As one mom put it, “I’m over here getting my Mother’s Day pampering a la Honda!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

The Helpful Honda Guys set up their Helpful Spas outside local Vons stores in La Habra, Torrance, Glendale, and Upland over Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th and 8th.  Unsuspecting moms out shopping were greeted by the Guys in Blue and indulged with a special spa treatment, “I really needed that massage! It was amazing! It was the best massage and it was free! Thanks Honda!”  Not only did we have masseuses, manicurists, and refreshing cucumber water at the ready, but also the Guys in Blue gave out complimentary nail files, Honda-blue polish, and bath salts for some take-home pampering. A photo booth was also available for families to document their Mother’s Day memories.

After the excitement (and helpfulness!) of Teacher Appreciation week and Mother’s Day, the SoCal Honda Dealers are ready for their next Random Act of Helpfulness! So, what’s next? Father’s Day weekend is coming up on June 18th and 19th, and for the first time ever SoCal Honda will be hosting Helpful Honda Pop-Up Shaves for dads! Throughout the weekend dads will be surprised at local parks or gyms with free straight razor shaves. Think of it as the ultimate facial for men!

We are always looking for ways to be helpful, so we invite you to share your story here.

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