|Celebrate My Drive competition could win Gulf Shores High $100,000|
October 16, 2013, Gulf Shores, AL (OBA) — Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, according to the Center for Disease Control, and their first year on the road as a new driver is the most dangerous.
To combat this trend, State Farm has launched a “Celebrate My Drive” initiative during National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 18–26 in order to promote safe driving behaviors. State Farm will be awarding $3.25 million in grants to 100 participating high schools and a chance to win a concert by Kelly Clarkson through an online campaign.
Ultimately, the schools with the most online safe driving commitments at CelebrateMyDrive.com will win.
On a local level, Gulf Shores High School has rallied area businesses and city officials to help promote this event within the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach communities.
Representatives from Gulf Shores High School, Frances Holk-Jones/State Farm, the City of Orange Beach, the City of Gulf Shores, the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce, the Coastal Baldwin Education Foundation, the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (CVB), J Devine, and local Parent Teacher Student Organizations recently met to discuss the Celebrate My Drive contest and to devise a strategic plan. Marcus Early is the Gulf Shores High School Driver Education Instructor & Celebrate My Drive Coordinator.
“Our school is in desperate need of new driving simulators for our driver education students,” Early said. “However, they will cost close to $75,000. If Gulf Shores High School can win the first place prize of $100,000 in this campaign, it would completely pay for the simulators plus leave extra funds to be used throughout the school.”
For more information on Celebrate My Drive, visit Celebrate My Drive. For more information on the local initiative at Gulf Shores High School, contact Marcus Early at Mearly@bcbe.org.
Also visit the campaign's Facebook page.
The Gulf Shores High School National Teen Driver Safety Week activities are sponsored by Frances Holk-Jones State Farm, Little Bitty’s Towing, J Devine, Design.Print.Promote,and Sunny 105.7.