Jeff Gannon & Lebanon's Myra Sloan
Three Wilson County high schools will share in $225,000 from State Farm® Insurance for their efforts in the recent "Celebrate My Drive" promotion.
Wilson Central High was the top vote-getter in the large school category and will be awarded a $100,000 grant and a concert featuring Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson.
Word leaked out at mid-day Thursday as a Nashville television station violated a State Farm® embargo. Once the news became public, Wilson Central administrators held a school-wide assembly just before the end of the school day Thursday and made the announcement.
Lebanon High students were informed of their $100,000 grant during a Friday morning pep rally. Mt. Juliet High students will have a similar announcement Friday afternoon of a $25,000 grant from the insurance company.
Celebrate My Drive and the email campaign associated with it, recognizes a very important and joyous occasion in the life of young people - learning to drive!
“State Farm is proud of Wilson Central High School’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” Jeff Gannon, State Farm agent, said in a prepared statement.
“Our goal was to celebrate the joy of getting a license and encourage young people to be safe on the road.”
To stimulate more safe driving conversations, State Farm specified that 10 percent of these funds be used to support ongoing teen driver safety efforts.
The need for more awareness around auto safety is supported in the report on distracted driving State Farm released this month. The July, 2013, survey of nearly 1000 motorists shines a light on a growing safety concern: people accessing the internet while driving. Five years of data show a significant increase in the use of mobile web services while driving.
State Farm agents held more than 800 teen driving safety events between Oct. 18th and Oct. 26th. These community celebrations focused on safe driving habits, emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers’ license.