Safe driving campaign rolls into Moffat County High School
October 10, 2014
Thanks to one Moffat County High School student, Craig's roads hopefully are becoming a safer place.
Student Trenna Kaiser works for State Farm in Craig and brought the Celebrate My Drive idea to Lindsay Smith, the journalism teacher at MCHS.
"We picked it up and ran with it," Smith said. "Our student council, yearbook and State Farm is doing it all together as a team to try to raise awareness as to what’s going on."
It's a huge contest among 3,284 high schools across the nation, where the schools can potentially win $100,000 and a concert from The Band Perry just by committing to be safe drivers on the road. If MCHS doesn't get the top dollar prize with a visit from the famous ban, it still could win $25,000.
Between Oct. 15 and 24, MCHS staff and students encourage people to go to the Celebrate My Drive website, make a safe driving commitment and vote for MCHS. Celebrate My Drive promotes campaigns like “2N2” — two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.
"We’re still trying to get as many people as we possibly can” to make the commitment, Smith said. "We’ve been up at Murdoch’s passing out fliers, at the football games and we put it in the fall sports program. We’re having an assembly Oct. 14. We have been promoting through Facebook. We want people to know that anybody and everybody is eligible, even if they’re in Florida or Canada."
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Smith feels good about MCHS's chances.
"We have a really good chance of winning because of the fact that Moffat County only has one high school," Smith said. "So all of those votes are going to us instead of separating between schools."
Additionally, there are two categories: those with a student body of 750 or larger and schools under 750, which means Moffat County will be a bigger fish in a small pond.
Stephen Bollinger, MCHS assistant principal, credited State Farm agent Bob Johnson for aiding with the process, which is meant to bring the whole community together to help the school financially in a state like Colorado, where funding is always an issue.
“The great thing is, we’re not hitting people up for money, just a vote,” he said. “You can do it once per day for every email address you have.”
State Farm will not name a winner until December, but should MCHS receive any of these grants, the rules stipulate that 10 percent of the funds go toward promoting safe driving. For the remainder, Bollinger said administrators likely would form a committee of teachers and students to determine how best to use their winnings.
“Whatever we do, we want to make sure it helps out the greatest amount of students possible,” he said.
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