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School awarded $1,000 for safe driving

LAKE PLACID Each year in the U.S., car crashes take the lives of nearly 6,000 teens and injure more than 300,000 many seriously and for life. To raise awareness of this critical issue, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) teamed up with The Allstate Foundation to award $1,000 to Lake Placid Middle/High School for excellence in bringing safe teen driving to the Lake Placid/Wilmington area. Lake Placid Middle/High School joins 49 other youth organizations and communities nationwide, sharing $50,000 in awards. The request for entries kicked off in May as part of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. Lake Placid Middle/High School won the award for their innovative campaign promoting safe teen driving titled Arrive Alive Week with safe After Prom Party. Our Arrive Alive week prevention program was a great success, said Tina Clark, student support counselor described. Our student participants began planning in the Fall. The program began with Trooper Butzer presenting Friends, a video documenting the tragic death of college students. He then introduced the students to the Fatal Vision Goggles. Student response was very positive. Students felt that they understood the challenges about trying to perform an activity while under the influence. During the week students were presented with prevention messages including driving under the influence, driving while distracted, particularly by cell phones and the importance of seat belts. Students were surprised on Friday morning to be met in the school parking lot for a seat belt check, added Clark. Those who were wearing their seat belts were awarded Arrive Alive t-shirts. The two students who were not wearing their safety belt were See SAFE, page 7 Safe From page 1 counseled. During lunch, students had an opportunity to sign the SADD Contract for Life. They were asked to sign and bring it home for their parents signatures. We had over 200 students accept the pledge and they received an Arrive Alive keychain. The After the Prom party was well attended with each student receiving two door prizes and 15 students winning big prizes (Dell laptop computer, Olympus Digital Camera, Senior photography package, Golf package, spa packages, restaurants, etc.). A first this year was we were successful in having students come to the after party who did not go to the Prom, said Clark. We were very pleased to have such strong support from our business community who provided funding, food and prizes. The programs entered in this competition were varied, ranging from online communities with more than 16,000 teens sharing stories and advice, to a group that staged mock car crashes so fellow teens could witness the devastating results of a serious crash. The Allstate Foundation is committed to promoting smart teen driving and our hope is that programs such as Arrive Alive will engage teens in the discussion and underscore the importance of responsible driving, said Bob Daley, local Allstate representative. National Organizations for Youth Safety is honored to work with The Allstate Foundation. We appreciate the leadership The Allstate Foundation has shown in encouraging and rewarding youth leaders who create National Youth Traffic Safety Month projects in their communities, said Sandy Spavone, executive director, National Organizations for Youth Safety. Parents in the Lake Placid area can visit www.ProtectTeenDrivers.com for resources and tips on how to talk to their teens about smart driving, determining whether their teen is ready to drive and how to effectively manage their teens driving experience.

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