Denton High School is one of 13 North Texas schools competing for a $100,000 grant from State Farm, and the school is asking for the community’s support in attaining the prize.
Denton High is participating in the insurance company’s “Celebrate My Drive” campaign, which promotes safe teen driving practices and no texting while driving.
Today through Saturday, people can show their support for the school by registering at www.celebratemydrive.com and voting for Denton High. Supporters between the ages of 15 and 18 also have an opportunity to register to win a new car.
State Farm is expected to distribute 14 $100,000 grants to high schools across the U.S. and Canada and 14 cars to teenagers.
On Saturday, Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre mall will be the site of one of State Farm’s 13 marquee events around the country, aimed at celebrating and supporting young drivers. Attendees are eligible for prizes and also increase their school’s chances of winning a grant.
Other high schools competing for the grant are Frisco, Rowlett, MacArthur in Irving, Naaman Forest in Garland, Irving’s Singley Academy, McKinney North, The Colony, Nimitz in Irving, Irving’s Barbara Cardwell Prep, Duncanville and Creekview in Carrollton.
“It’s a great way to help out two causes … education and supporting the initiative of not texting and driving,” said Jennifer Phillips, an English teacher at Denton High and the school’s Student Council adviser.
Phillips said State Farm invited Denton High because of the student council’s participation in Teens in the Driver Seat, a safety program aimed at young drivers.
To get the word out encouraging people to vote, students have plastered Denton High’s walls with signs, Phillips said. Announcements are also being made at school and PTA events this week, voicemail messages are being made, messages are being sent via social media sites and e-mail and computers will be available in the school cafeteria for students to vote during lunch periods, she said.
Feeder schools for Denton High have also been asked to spread the word, Phillips said.
“That money will help them just as much as the kids that are currently here,” she said.
With the community’s support, Denton High can win the grant, Phillips said.
“I think that’s going to win it for us,” she said. “The Denton community is going to really help win this grant for our school.
“Right now we just want to get the word out there as much as possible, as many people as we can reach.”
Entrants participating in the school vote must be at least 14 years old and can vote for their favorite school once a day.
For more information, including contest rules, visit www.celebratemydrive.com .
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is email@example.com .