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Cuthbertson High wins $25,000 grant to boost teen driver safety

During a pep rally at Cuthbertson High School Friday (Dec. 5), students not only cheer on their football team, but they also show excitement about receiving a $25,000 grant from State Farm. (Below) State Farm representatives Wil Brooks, (Wil Brooks State Farm) at left, and Emily Limer, (Wally Moore State Farm ) present Cuthbertson principal Kim Warr a check for $25,000.

 The leading cause of teen death for the past 30 years has been car accidents. Armed with this frightening statistic, Cuthbertson High School decided to participate in a nationwide teen safe driving program that ultimately won the school $25,000.

Cuthbertson is one of 100 schools across the nation (out of 3,283 that applied) to receive the grant money from State Farm. The State Farm “Celebrate My Drive” campaign was held during U.S. National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 15-24).

“Our amazing Cuthbertson community really came together to commit to this campaign,” said Cuthbertson principal Kim Warr. “In addition to our students and staff supporting this initiative, we also reached out to our cluster schools, community businesses, and even area home owner associations. Everyone's support and dedication to making our community safer is what helped us reach our goal.”

The school is required to invest 10 percent of the grant in a safe driving program. Warr said that funds will be used for student and staff initiatives, instructional resources, and safe driving programs.

Celebrate My Drive promotes responsible driving practices like 2N2®: 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road.

According to State Farm, the Celebrate My Drive program engages teens and the adults who influence them, to have supportive and positive conversations about safe driving.

“State Farm is proud of Cuthbertson’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” said State Farm Agent Wil Brooks in a statement. “We appreciate all of the wonderful support of the program to help reduce teen crashes and save lives.”

Wil Brooks State Farm and Wally Moore State Farm agencies were on hand to present the $25,000 check to Cuthbertson High School.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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