Local high schools to take part in State Farm’s ‘Celebrate My Drive’ competition

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State Farm is offering 10 $100,000 grants, and 90 $25,000 grants to Bossier Parish high schools across the country that make the most safe driving commitments online during the 10-day period October 15-24. Benton, Bossier, and Parkway High Schools are registered in this year’s “Celebrate My Drive” contest.
Celebrate My Drive is a positive approach to improve teen driving awareness and aims to reward positive commitments and get greater teen buy-in by involving teens in making their own commitments about safe driving. The contest overlaps with National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 18-26.
Not only do student “votes” or commitments count, but anyone in a community, or in any state, can go online and make their commitment in that school’s name. 
 
To level the playing field, State Farm is dividing the competition into large school (750 high school students or more), and small school (749 or fewer students) divisions. There will be fifty large school winners, and fifty small school winners. Registration for schools to participate closed October 7, and beginning Wednesday, Oct 15, the online commitment phase will begin. Anyone can participate by going to www.celebratemydrive.com and making a safe driving commitment in a school’s name.
 
An extra bonus in the Celebrate My Drive contest is that the large school and the small school having the most safe driving commitments will also win a private concert at their school by the acclaimed group, The Band Perry.
 
“Not only is this an excellent opportunity for schools to win a large cash grant, but it’s also a great way for everyone to be reminded about safe driving habits. That makes this a win-win opportunity. Contest rules allow participants to make one commitment each day during the ten-day contest period.  We believe that repeated commitments will result in greater safe driving awareness, and better safe driving behaviors,” said Gary Stephenson, State Farm regional spokesman.
 
He added, “Teen drivers have a fatal crash rate of over three times higher than that of adult drivers, with vehicle crashes being the leading killer of teens. Some three thousand teens die in crashes each year, while 300,000 more suffer injuries in vehicle crashes annually. That makes this contest and program very, very important. This is about saving lives.”     
 
Last year, Parkway High School won $25,000 in the Celebrate My Drive contest.