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Help Denton High win big grant

We’ve voted on several school-related issues, and many of them ended up costing us money. Now, we have an opportunity to help a school with our vote, and it won’t boost our tax bill.

Thanks to the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign by State Farm Insurance, Denton High School is one of 13 North Texas schools competing for a $100,000 grant. Area residents are being asked to help by registering at  and voting for Denton High.

Jennifer Phillips, a Denton High English teacher and the school’s student council adviser, told us that State Farm invited Denton High to participate because of the student council’s participation in Teens in the Driver Seat, a safety program aimed at young drivers.

The Celebrate My Drive campaign promotes safe teen driving practices and no texting while driving.

Encouraging teens to learn safe driving practices and helping a local school land a sizeable grant are both worthwhile goals in our book, so we plan on voting for Denton High.

“It’s a great way to help out two causes … education and supporting the initiative of not texting and driving,” Phillips said.

The voting ends Saturday. Entrants participating in the school vote must be at least 14 years old, and they can vote for their favorite school once a day. Supporters between the ages of 15 and 18 also have an opportunity to register to win a new car. You can find more information about the contest on the campaign website.

State Farm is expected to distribute 14 grants at $100,000 each 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.

To encourage votes, 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.

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 told us.

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.”

We hope you’ll sign on and support Denton High. The opportunity to help the school grab a grant worth $100,000 is too good to miss.

Let’s make it a landslide.