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Clay City SADD receives NYLC grant

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Clay City Jr./Sr. High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) received a $2,000 grant from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) through State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation for the implementation of Project Ignition. On hand for the presentation included (front, from left) SADD representative Marleah Tryon, Town Councilman Guy Dickerson, SADD representative Brittany Richard, local State Farm agent John Moyer, SADD representative Troy Schmitt, Secretary Amanda Hofmann, SADD co-sponsor Jane Jackson, SADD representative Keeley Whitaker, SADD representative Taylor Walden, (back) Principal Jeff Bell, SADD co-sponsor Scott Stucky and Clay Community Schools Supt. Dan Schroeder. The school was one of 25 schools across the nation to be selected and have the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to continue with the program. Kimberly Gleason photo. [Order this photo]
CLAY CITY -- Students at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School are working hard to keep the student body safe.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) recently put together a proposal called Project D3. They received a $2,000 grant from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) through State Farm Insurance Companies Foundation to continue with Project Ignition.

"Project Ignition is a program designed to help students develop a public awareness campaign which focuses on teen driver safety by targeting peers and the community," Principal Jeff Bell said. "We are very honored to be one of 25 selected programs in the country, for this prestigious award."

Project D3, the title of CCHS Project Ignition submission, will address the topics of drunk driving, drowsy driving and distracted driving.

"There were over 600 applicants," Public Affairs Specialist for State Farm Insurance Ed Perez said. "To be selected is a big deal."

During the check presentation Tuesday, members of the CCHS SADD chapter read letters from selected Clay City Elementary students urging the older students to drive responsibly.

SADD students are also planning to stage a mock drunk driving arrest, hold a blood drive, a contest to design a logo for the project which will then be placed on the yearly SADD T-shirt and a march to the county courthouse to hand out informational flyers.

Teachers are also getting involved by taking a day to address the dangers of impaired driving in their individual classrooms.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In 2007, more than 6,982 young people (ages 15-20) were killed in motor vehicle accidents, including 177 in Indiana. The project will give the students the chance to lower those numbers.

"This gives us the opportunity to promote the message to students and the community," SADD representative Troy Schmitt said.

Of the 25 schools selected, 10 will be chosen as finalists in February 2010, and will have the opportunity to present their campaigns at the 21st National Service Learning Conference in San Jose, Calif., March 24-27, 2010. At that time, one school will be chosen as a "Best of the Best," and awarded a $10,000 grant from the NYLC to continue the project.

SADD's co-sponsor Scott Stucky believes the project will have an impact on the students, just because of the work that will be done.

"This is a privilege," he said. "This is something we believe in and take it to heart."

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Congratulations Clay City!!!! We're proud of you.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 11:03 AM

I always have been impressed with all of our SADD chapters, including the Clay City SADD chapter and the guidance of Jane Jackson. Historically, these students have been quite active in the war against drugs in our community and have participated in community and court drug awareness programs. Too often we forget to honor good student conduct. This is an outstanding grant for an outstanding group of students and its leader. Congrats!!

-- Posted by therobed on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 2:12 PM

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