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MHS places 3rd statewide in ‘Buckle Up’ challenge

Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County is the statewide winner of the 2012 “Save Your TAIL-Gate, Buckle Up” campaign sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police Association and the Allstate Foundation. 

Lord Botetourt High School in Botetourt County placed second, and Middlesex High School placed third in the campaign. As the statewide winner, Stuarts Draft will receive a school-wide party with free food, music, prizes and games.  Lord Botetourt High and Middlesex High will receive cash prizes and rewards for members of the school’s traffic safety club.

The Allstate Foundation provided an $11,000 grant that helped fund materials and prizes for the statewide campaign. 

High schools that placed in the top 10 represent areas from across the state from Northern Virginia to the Roanoke Valley.

Fifty-two schools participated in the annual campaign that ran for three weeks from September 24 to October 15.  Winners were selected based on the number of seat belt educational and awareness activities, the percentage increase in seat belt use by students, and the percentage of students who signed the pledge to always buckle up. Among the schools that completed the campaign, seat belt use increased an average of 5%, according to pre and post seat belt checks at each school. Approximately 51% of students at each school signed the pledge to buckle up on every ride. 

The participating schools sponsored hundreds of events aimed at increasing seat belt use. Some examples include a buckle-up themed tailgate party, crashed vehicle displays, safety floats in homecoming parades, unique buckle up shirts and posters, seat belt displays and presentations to elementary schools and other organizations.

Members of the schools’ YOVASO clubs also sponsored educational programs where they handed out mini footballs, temporary tattoos, light-up key chains, tip cards and other materials imprinted with the buckle up message.  

Call 540-345-0003 or visit http://www.yovaso.net .for more infromation on YOVASO.

posted 10.31.2012

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