Fort Riley teacher’s car win was second stroke of luck this week

By Bryan Richardson

Perhaps the lesson that be taken away from Kelly Knight’s week thus far is when you’re hot, you’re hot.

Knight, a first-year seventh grade science teacher at Fort Riley Middle School, is the owner of a new 2012 Toyota Yaris after winning the seventh annual Little Apple Toyota Teacher car giveaway Tuesday. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday’s giveaway was a National Teacher Day celebration.

Some 244 certified full-time teachers from schools in Clay, Geary, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee counties gathered at the dealership to await potential prize.

When the car ultimately went to Knight, it established her two-day winning streak. On Monday, her name was drawn to receive $100 in a raffle during a USD 475 banquet for teachers. However, she didn’t get the prize because she was sick and not present to claim it.

“This is kind of a consolation to say the least,” said Aaron Miller, her fiancé. “I’m going to make her buy a lottery ticket tomorrow.”

Knight might be lucky, but she attributed her win Tuesday to a different reason. “It’s all because I killed a spider,” Knight said. Before the drawing, she had killed a big spider near a salesman, jokingly telling him, “I just saved your life.”

Knight was all smiles after winning the car, getting an interview on live TV and posing for pictures with her new ride.

The moment was made possible by Tom Holcombe, owner of Little Apple Toyota/Honda. His mother, a teacher, inspired him to create the event.

Holcombe couldn’t attend the drawing, so Ross Grynkiewicz, vice president of operations, represented the dealership.

“It’s a great feeling,” Grynkiewicz said about the drawing. “I know it’s one of his favorite things he does every year.”

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