Wando wins $25,000 grant from State Farm
Charleston County, the town of Mount Pleasant and Wando High School have something big to celebrate this semester thanks to thousands of safe driver commitments made in support of Wando High School through the Celebrate My Drive program created by State Farm. Wando High School is the only school in South Carolina and 1 of 100 high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada to be awarded a Celebrate My Drive grant out of more than 3,500 schools that participated in the event. State Farm Agents Heather Bosse, Scott Walker, Jack Tankersley, Billy Swails, Gene Murray and Tony Pope along with CCSD board member Craig Ascue, and Jimmy Dunn, Agency Sales Leader surprised the students and teachers with the grant announcement at Wando High School during a Winter Sports Pep Rally celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
“State Farm is proud of Wando High School and their efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety”, says State Farm sales leader Jimmy Dunn. “Our goal is to celebrate the joy of getting a license and encourage young people to be safe on the road.”
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 1,000 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.
Celebrate My Drive is a different approach to a leading public health risk. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. Using research as a guide, State Farm is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way. It’s a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers’ license. Learn more about the initiative at www.celebratemydrive.com.