Forest Park, IL...
Administrators at Proviso Township High Schools District 209 schools are signing up their schools to promote safe driving and compete for a chance at a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance’s "Celebrate My Drive" Program.
"Celebrate My Drive" was created by State Farm in 2012 to promote the concept that "safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the state." According to the National Institutes of Health, auto accidents are the number one cause of death among teens in the United States.
"It’s about emphasizing the positives of safe driving," the description of the campaign at the program’s website at CelebrateMyDrive.com
said. "If we can reinforce habits like remembering to think ‘2N2’ whenever teens drive – keeping two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel – we’ll save lives together."
Two high schools in the country will win the grand prize of a free concert by a chart-topping artist that will take place before May 31, 2014, as well as a $100,000 grant. Ten schools will each win a $100,000 grant, while 90 schools will each receive the second-place prize of a $25,000 grant. Of the grant money, 10 percent would need to be spent on a teen drive safety program, with the other 90 percent available to use on school-related needs.
"The safety of our students is always a top concern in our schools," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "Promoting safe driving habits is one way that we can help our students be safe when they are not in school."
High school administrators have until September 30 to register their schools with the campaign. Local State Farm agents will host student-focused events across North America the week of October 18 to 26.