GIVING BACK: Motorsports retailer brings recreational vehicles to at-risk kids

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the mission-minded efforts of Rob and Beth Arms. COLUMBIA CITY — Rob and Beth Arms, of Columbia City, might be best known for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles. As the owners of R&D Motorsports, a four-wheeler or golf cart is as common as office furniture to the recreational vehicle retailer. But to certain children in Grundy, Va., four-wheelers and ATVs are a foreign luxury.That is why Rob’s visit to the Mountain Mission School was such a “treat” for these children.Rob and fellow members from New Hope Wesleyan Church made the 10-hour journey over the Thanksgiving weekend to offer an ATV Jamboree.“These kids haven’t had the chance to ride a four-wheeler or get the enjoyment that can come from recreational vehicles,” said Rob. “This was a chance to us to take what we do on an every-day basis and give it back these kids.”Children at the school are brought there out of extreme poverty and abuse to live and learn. The organization provides a home for the children as well as an education. Located in the mountains of Virginia, the school is remote and has limited modern influences.“These kids don’t get to flip on MTV or surf the internet all day,” said Beth. “The school is focused on raising them up to be compassionate, caring and responsible. Most of their time is spent in more face-to-face interactions with each other, not watching TV or playing video games.”Statistics show the school produces a high rate of success. Ninety-five percent of the program’s graduates go on to college and five percent join the military.“This was a chance to give back,” said Rob. “You find a way to give back and invest in the life of a child. Was this a fun experience? Absolutely, but it was also about getting to give these kids something positive.”Children ages one through 18 are accepted into the program which operates off of donations and endowments.It is estimated that over 20,000 children have received care from the school since its founding in 1921.To learn more about the Mountain Mission School or to contribute to its mission, visit a more in depth look at this story, see the Nov. 29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.