45 Florida High Schools Receive Teen Safe Driving Grants

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45 Florida high schools are receiving $1,000 SADD teen safe driving grants thanks to funding support from State Farm. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Florida teens, and fatalities of Florida teen drivers and passengers increased 7% from 2010-2011, according to data.

State Farm recognizes the power youth have to educate each other on this important topic, and are working in partnership with Florida SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to provide $45,000 in mini-grants to SADD chapters in local high schools all across Florida. The grants will support the development of teen safe driving campaigns using positive messages tailored to their individual schools and communities.

So far, the State Farm grant-supported SADD projects include homecoming floats, safety fairs, seat belt checks, and many other creative efforts. Many of the schools have chosen to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving, with at least one school creating a video and a device to store cell phones away while driving. Approximately 2,220 Florida SADD students are involved in the planning and implementation of these 45 projects, and together they will reach an estimated 62,000 peers.

The following schools/SADD chapters are recipients of a $1,000 State Farm mini-grant:

Bayside High School 1901 Degroodt Rd SW Palm Bay, FL
Boynton Beach High School 4975 Park Ridge Blvd Boynton Beach
Chiles High 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane Tallahassee
Choctawhatchee Senior High School 110 Racetrack Rd. Fort Walton Beach
Communities In Schools of Gadsden/Gadsden HS SADD 878 Arlington Circle Quincy
Coral Glades High School 2700 Sportsplex Dr Coral Springs
Creative Initiatives for Students and Families 216 North Adams Street Quincy
Crystal River High School SADD Club 1205 NE 8th Ave. Crystal River
Dixie Hollins High School 4940 62 Street North St. Petersburg
East lake High School 1300 silver eagle dr Tarpon Springs
East Ridge Middle School 13201 Excalibur Road Clermont
Fort Walton Beach High School 400 Hollywood Drive Fort Walton Beach
Godby High School 1717 W. Tharpe St. Tallahassee
Hialeah Gardens High School 11700 Hialeah Hardens Blvd Hialeah Gardens
IMG Academies Pendleton School 5500 34th Street West Bradenton
LaBelle High School 4050 Cowboy Way LaBelle
Leesburg High School 1401 Yellow Jacket Way Leesburg
Leto High School 4409 w. Sligh Ave Tampa
Lincoln High School 3838 Trojan Trail Tallahassee
Mandarin High School 4831 Greenland Road Jacksonville
Miami Beach Senior High School, c/o: Miami Beach Coalition/Village South 3050 Biscayne Blvd Miami
Monarch High School 5050 Wiles Road Coconut Creek
Osceola High School 9751 98th Street North Seminole
Our Lady Of Lordes Academy 5525 S.W. 84 St. Miami
Palmer Trinity School 7900 SW 176th Street Palmetto Bay
Park Vista High School 7900 Jog Road Lake Worth
Pine Ridge High School 926 Howland Boulevard Deltona
Royal Palm Beach High School 10600 Okeechobee Blvd Royal Palm Beach
Saint Petersburg Catholic High 6333 9th Avenue North St Petersburg
Santa Fe High 16213 n US Hwy 441 Alachua
Santaluces High School 6880 Lawrence Road Lantana
Sebastian River High School 9001 90th Ave Sebastian
Sebring High School 3514 Kenilworth Blvd Sebring
Seminole High School 8401 131st Street North Seminole
Seminole Ridge High School 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road Loxahatchee
Shorecrest Preparatory School 5101 1st St NE St. Petersburg
South Miami Senior High School 6856 S.W. 53 Street Miami
Steinbrenner High School 5575 Lutz Lake Fern Rd Lutz
Swift Creek Middle School 2100 Pedrick Road Tallahassee
Tampa Catholic HS 4630 N Rome Ave Tampa
Tavares High School 603 N. New Hampshire Ave. Tavares
University High 2924 Cougar Way Orlando
Venice High School 1 Indian Ave. Venice
Vero Beach High School SADD/DARE 1707 16th St Vero Beach

SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a national school-based, peer-to-peer prevention, education, and activism organization committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today Florida SADD has a total of 251 chapters across the state, 172 of which are in high schools. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More about Florida SADD can be found at www.floridasadd.org, and on Facebook at Florida SADD.

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