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MHS honored with traffic safety award

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Members of the Middlesex YOVASO Club receive the YOVASO Club of the Year Award from Javon Davis, YOVASO Regional Trainer (far left). At far right is Middlesex High School YOVASO sponsor Melvina Robinson who received the regional Sponsor of the Year Award.

Middlesex High School and teacher Melvina Robinson were honored with traffic safety awards at the 2013 Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Program on July 25 in Lynchburg. The YOVASO Awards Banquet, held at Lynchburg College, recognized organizations, individuals and schools from Virginia that demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2012-13 academic year to encourage safe driving among teenagers. 

Middlesex High School was recognized for its exemplary performance this year in promoting traffic safety among teens and youth, earning the YOVASO Club of the Year award.  MHS YOVASO club sponsor Melvina Robinson received the Sponsor of the Year Award for her leadership and dedication to the club and its students.

In only its second year as a YOVASO member, Middlesex actively participated throughout the school year in programs to promote safe teen driving. The club kicked off the school year by participating in the 2012 Save Your Tailgate, Buckle Up Campaign. The club’s enthusiasm for the campaign was contagious, and it was successful in involving the entire school, including the administration, faculty and staff. The club’s outstanding efforts led them to place 3rd in this statewide Buckle Up Campaign.

The club also actively promoted safe and responsible celebrations during Halloween and Christmas by sponsoring a variety of educational and awareness activities during the weeks leading up to both of these holidays. When students returned after the holidays, the club participated in the 2013 Buckle Up, Drive Sober (BUDS) Campaign and used its creativity to encourage students to buckle up and drive alcohol and drug free. Its creativity earned the club the regional winning spot among schools in the Greater Richmond area for the 2013 BUDS Campaign.

“The Middlesex YOVASO Club under the guidance of Ms. Robinson was successful in promoting safe teen driving throughout the school year,” said Haley Glynn, YOVASO marketing and project manager. “The club demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm and creativity in promoting safe driving and had a significant impact on the student body.”

Including Middlesex High School, 21 individuals, schools and students took home awards during the annual YOVASO Awards Banquet.

YOVASO is a statewide safe driving program aimed at preventing teenage crashes and fatalities.

The nonprofit organization, which has approximately 119 active school clubs across Virginia, is administered by the Virginia State Police Association and funded through a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office.

posted 08.28.2013

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