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Eastside High School Wins $25,000 Celebrate My Drive® Grant for Teen Driver Safety Effort

The Spartans are among 100 winners in Celebrate My Drive teen driver safety awareness campaign.

Coeburn, Virginia (December 1, 2014) —Celebrate My Drive, powered by State Farm®, is pleased to announce Eastside High School is one of 100 winning high schools, earning a $25,000 grant. They were among 3,283 registered high schools who participated in this year's program. Students, parents, administrators and the entire community rallied in support of teen drivers, making online safe driving commitments, helping the Spartans reach their goal.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous. Celebrate My Drive is an opportunity to celebrate new drivers, focusing on the freedom, but also the responsibility, that comes with earning a driver's license. It's a chance for teens and their high schools to amplify conversations about this important topic and help be part of the solution.

"State Farm is proud of Eastside'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 Garland Hall. "We appreciate all of the wonderful support of the program to help reduce teen crashes and save lives."

Eastside High School is required to invest 10 percent of the grant award on a teen driver safety program for students. A variety of activities will take place throughout the year as part of its "Drive to Stay Alive: dirt roads to interstates" campaign.  This campaign will include a memorial in the school with pictures and stories of students and adults killed in motor vehicle accidents, a safe driving expo (May 8), a trip to the Virginia Model Genera Assembly in Richmond to present driving legislation, and a Senior class trip to Atlanta.  The grant will also support safe driving activities for the Junior/Senior Prom.

A complete list of the 100 winning high schools will be available on www.celebratemydrive.com on Dec. 15.

About State Farm®

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About Celebrate My Drive®

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.

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