ANNA — Anna High School’s SADD program has a chance to win $50,000 as part of a school street safety initiative by Zendrive, a mobile driver analytics platform.
The program is currently seeking assistance from the community, in the form of re-tweets, to help reach its goal. Visit www.twitter.com/Anna_SADD to learn more.
Anna SADD Advisor Vicki Quinter said the group, which includes about 65 Anna High School students, wrote up a grant proposal as part of the Zendrive #FundMyStreets initiative.
“We had to describe our school and come up with a safety plan to reduce distracted and aggressive driving and, specifically, tell what we wanted to fix in our community,” Quinter said. This also included a plan of action, as well as a timeline.
The plan included the purchase of two driving simulators: one focusing on distracted and impaired driving, and one for teen driving skills, as well as funding for guest speakers to educate students on these topics.
Quinter said an estimated timeline to put the safety plan in effect would be 2020, at the latest.
“If we get this grant, we’ll order the simulators and, if possible, we’re going to implement them before the end of the school year,” she said. “If not, we’ll start out next school year.”
Additionally, the grant would allocate for things like gas cards and AAA Automobile Club gift certificates as incentives to complete both simulator programs. Funds would also go toward the recruitment of a professional to examine the school’s pick-up and drop-off areas in order to implement further safeguards.
In December, Anna SADD was notified it had been chosen as one of 23 finalists throughout the country, and the only finalist within Ohio. All finalists were prompted to create, tweet, and promote a video of their plans.
To see the Anna SADD video plan, and to re-tweet it, visit www.twitter.com/Anna_SADD. All re-tweets will support the group’s submission, and will be taken into account during judging. The deadline for garnering re-tweets is Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
According to Ohio SADD Director Teresa Carper, Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, began as “Students Against Driving Drunk” in 1981 when Robert Anastas, and 15 other students at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, developed the concept to help teens to avoid the dangers of drinking and driving.
The group has since evolved to include the various pressures teens face.
“Although SADD continues to put traffic safety as a high priority, other issues such as drugs, mental health and well-being, and peer pressure are a part of many of the SADD chapters nationwide,” Carper said.
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