Florida Schools Receive Teen Safe Driving Grants

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45 Florida high schools receive State Farm/SADD teen safe driving grants

Jan. 21, 2013 – Forty-five 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.

About State Farm: State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.

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