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Take A Pledge To Not Text And Drive Help School Win Grant

By Jack Gurner
Reporter


WATER VALLEY – A safe driving program sponsored by State Farm encouraging kids not to text and drive could yield big dividends for the Water Valley School District.
But only if the community gets on board and helps by participating in State Farm’s “Celebrate My Drive.”
During the week of October 18-26, community members are encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of Water Valley High School. The more commitments made, the better the chances of winning one of 100 grants for the school and a concert from popular musical talent Kelly Clarkson.
There are ten $100,000 grants and 90 $25,000 grants and two Clarkson concerts.
“The first thing we would do is get a new driver’s ed car,” said Water Valley High School Principal Dr. Glenn Kitchens, who added that the school is in desperate need of a new vehicle for the driver’s education classes.
The second thing, he said, would be to get additional technology and text materials for the Common Core curriculum.
 “Celebrate My Drive” is a chance for communities to rally around young drivers and encourage them to make safe driving choices every time they’re behind the wheel. Auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America.
State Farm created the program in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the start. Since last year, thousands of students, family, friends and high school staff members have joined the party, according to the State Farm website.
To help the school win everyone needs to vote each day from October 18-26 by going to the website www.celebratemydrive.com and following the posted instructions. There is a limit of one safe driving commitment per person and per e-mail address per day, the rules state.
“We need to get everyone to vote and get their friends to vote once a day everyday,” Dr. Kitchens said.
To get to the site you çan click on this link: www.celebratemydrive.com

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