Delta High School has been awarded a grant of $25,000 through the Celebrate My Drive® campaign sponsored by State Farm Insurance.
Schools that showed the most safe driving commitments earned grants of $100,000 and $25,000 for their schools — with two schools winning grand prize concerts from Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson.
The $25,000 awards were given to 90 schools across the country; DHS is the only school in Colorado to receive a grant.
Celebrate My Drive® was created by State Farm® in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment. Since then, thousands of students, family, friends and high school staff members have joined the party.
Bobbie Carmichael, who is affiliated with Jerry Reiher's State Farm office, and DHS instructor Renee Cronenberg got the ball rolling. Cronenberg is the student council advisor at DHS. Student council members started texting and emailing friends and relatives to encourage them to vote every day by making a commitment online to safe driving. Through social media, personal contacts with businesses, and an announcement in the DCI, word spread.
"When we first started this effort, we had just 600 votes," Cronenberg said. "But we tripled that number in just one day. That's when our students realized they could do this. The school got behind us, the community got behind us.
"It's cool for kids to see that when you get passionate about something it pays off, and our students and student council really got passionate about this."
At least 10% of the grant must be used to promote safe teen driving, Cronenberg said. One thought is creating a scholarship for driver's education classes.
Student council members are brainstorming ideas for the remainder of the money. Ideas have ranged from improving the appearance of the school to technology. Ideas that impact the greatest number of kids are gaining ground.
"We don't have the answer yet," Cronenberg said.
An awards ceremony is being planned for the first week in December.blog comments powered by Disqus