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Parkers Prairie wins $25,000 Celebrate My Drive grant

Parkers Prairie High School was recently awarded a $25,000 grant through the Celebrate My Drive program created by State Farm. (Contributed)

Parkers Prairie High School was among the top 100 schools that were eligible to receive a grant ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 through the Celebrate My Drive program created by State Farm. It was awarded a $25,000 grant.

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In addition to collecting commitments to be safe drivers, the Celebrate My Drive program recognizes young people learning to drive.

Car crashes are the number-one killer of teens, according to State Farm, 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 by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way.

“State Farm is proud of Parkers Prairie’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe-driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” said State Farm agent Bill Stearns.

To stimulate more safe driving conversations, State Farm specified that 10 percent of these funds be used to support ongoing teen driver safety efforts.

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.

State Farm believes Celebrate My Drive is an effective tool to amplify the conversation around the importance of education related to teen driver safety.

State Farm agents held more than 800 teen driving safety events between October 18 and October 26. These community celebrations focused on safe driving habits, emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers’ license.