Mansfield High School EAST Receives $2,000 Service-Learning Grant

   

Mansfield High School EAST Receives $2,000 Service-Learning Grant
8/12/2013 4:27:00 PM

Mansfield H.S. is one of 25 schools nationwide selected to participate in this year's program. Mansfield was the only high school in Arkansas with a winning service project proposal. These students have earned a $2,000 grant to create a public awareness, safe driving campaign as part of Project Ignition.

 

North Little Rock, AR - The leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. is motor vehicle crashes, which kill more than 4,600 every year. In Arkansas, 86 teens died in motor vehicle accidents in 2005, and students at Mansfield High School are doing something about it. These students have earned a $2,000 grant to create a public awareness, safe driving campaign as part of Project Ignition, a service-learning program sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC).

Mansfield H.S. is one of 25 schools nationwide selected to participate in this year's program. Mansfield was the only high school in Arkansas with a winning service project proposal.

The faculty sponsor for the project is EAST Lab facilitator, Natalie Tolbert. The "EAST Lab" is a community service class that challenges students to identify problems in their community, and then use the latest technology to solve those problems. Tolbert said, "We chose Think and Drive as our focus because several students in our school have had severe accidents as a result of distracted driving behaviors. We want to remind students, and adults alike, that driving is a serious matter that requires thought and concentration. Driving is not something one should do with his or her mind on automatic pilot."

State Farm, the largest insurer of automobiles in the U.S., and NYLC, a leader in community service and service-learning programs since 1983, launched Project Ignition in 2004 to increase awareness of safe driving habits among high school students. Ten of these schools will have an opportunity to present their campaigns at the 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 27-31, 2007. One school will be awarded a $10,000 grant from State Farm.

"As the nation's largest insurer of automobiles, State Farm feels compelled to take a leadership position on this issue through grant support of Project Ignition", said Leif Roll, Vice President of Customer& Product Marketing for State Farm. "Our agents live in the communities they insure, so we feel strongly about the issue of teen driver safety, and we want to provide a program that saves lives and prevents accidents, and at the same time, is educational and rewarding to the students and their communities".

"Project Ignition embodies the true meaning of service-learning, showing how teens can educate for change in their communities," said Dr. James Kielsmeier, founder and CEO of NYLC. "Project Ignition involves teachers and young people in addressing risky driving behaviors and in educating their peers on the challenges they face every time they get behind the wheel. Through this initiative, young people raise awareness, and therefore change attitudes."

Mansfield students have begun forming partnerships with local businesses to help reach teens, and adults, throughout the region. One partner, Advance Auto stores, will provide information about the program to customers, and help collect 4600 old car keys, each key representing one of the 4600 teen fatalities in the U.S. in 2006.

The $2000 award grant to Mansfield H.S. will be presented by State Farm(r) agents Ronnie Plummer of Waldron and Melody Rhodes of Greenwood at a 2:45pm school assembly at the high school gym on September 15. The media is invited. The school is located at 2500 Hwy 71 South, about 1 mile south of town. Interview opportunities with the student team, supervising teacher Natalie Tolbert, and Superintendent Jim Hattabaugh, and State Farm(r) representatives will be available.

For more information: Natalie Tolbert, Mansfield High School (479) 928-1105 Gary Stephenson, State Farm Insurance, (501) 955-6504.

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