My Drive Program Comes to San Marcos

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San Marcos High School and the San Marcos State Farm Agency are joining in efforts to increase driver safety awareness. San Marcos High School and State Farm were in the Texas State quad this week asking students to make safe driving commitments and vote for San Marcos High School in the Celebrate My Drive program contest. The Celebrate My Drive program is a nationwide effort by State Farm to increase teen & parental awareness about safer driving habits.

The program will be giving a total of $3.25 million in grants to 100 schools across the country. How the schools are chosen are through the safe driving commitment voting contest online. There will be ten $100,000 grants and 90 $25,000 grants. Also, the top 2 schools, one big and one small school will get a free Kelly Clarkson concert.

The Celebrate my drive program encourages everyone to participate in learning about driver safety and has created this contest to promote it, especially among the youth. San Marcos High School Principal Michelle Darling was also on Texas State campus talking to students about safe driving

“So what I’m seeing here from Texas State students is a lot more openness than I even could have predicted, everyone I’ve approached has taken a flyer, and has been genuinely interested in what we’re doing, now I think it helps that we’ve got the mascots with us we’ve got Boko, we’ve got the San Marcos rattler and the State Farm good neigh bear so they attract attention and when we get the attention we get interest in what we’re doing and a commitment to help”

As for San Marcos High school’s goal to win a top spot in the contest, Principle Darling believes if the San Marcos Community comes together, there is a chance San Marcos High School can get a spot in the top 5 as they are already in the top 20, only one other school being from Texas.

I think our students have been surprised at how well we’re doing in the nation. I think sometimes we set goals that are small because we’re a small town and so this has opened their eyes about what’s possible with good communication and with unified action and so its raised awareness about safe driving and its shown us that we can get together and do something big.
-Michelle Darling

If San Marcos High school gets places in a top spot they would win at least $100,000 for their school. Also to help their efforts, Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed this week as Celebrate My Drive Week in Hays County.

For more information on this campaign, you can visit the San Marcos High school website.

Ana Vaso, KTSW News.

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