News Release I For Immediate Release e
News Release | For Immediate Release
Columbia Heights Educational Campus Wins $100,000 Grant from State Farm® Celebrate My Drive®
Bloomington, Ill., (Oct. 15, 2012) National Teen Driver Safety Week is a time to honor those who actively
support teens as they learn to drive safely and get ready for the road ahead.
During this week, State Farm is honoring the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, D.C., as
one of 14 schools across the U.S. and Canada that were key supporters of the Celebrate My Drive initiative in
September. The school will be presented with a $100,000 grant at the school on Monday, October 15, at 2:00
Across North America on September 15, high school officials, safety advocates, local law enforcement and
government leaders joined with more than 1,400 State Farm agents and tens of thousands of teens and their
parents for a celebration of this year’s class of new teen drivers. State Farm is taking a different approach to
teen driving safety by sharing positive driving habits and experiences rather than some of the more traditional
approaches that often scare new drivers.
The company celebrated new drivers at more than 400 Celebrate My Drive events organized in communities
large and small – making it North America’s largest-ever simultaneous gathering of new teen drivers. As part of
this program, State Farm awarded 14 participating schools each a grant of $100,000. The winning schools
were chosen based on an online voting process that took place during the six days leading up to September
15. Schools will use the grants to fund key safety or other essential projects at the school.
“We are thankful to the Columbia Heights Education Campus and everyone who came together in September
to help rally communities around new drivers,” said State Farm’s Vice President of Agency Victor Anger
“Sharing these positive experiences and helping to keep them safe as they explore the road ahead.”
In addition, State Farm awarded fourteen teen drivers who attended one of the Celebrate My Drive events a
2013 Chevy Sonic. For a complete list of all winners, go to www.celebratemydrive.com.
About National Teen Driving Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week is observed the third week of October, to bring attention to the number one
killer of American teens, car crashes. During this week we encourage parents, young drivers, lawmakers and
educators to focus on working together to change risky teen driving behaviors and help save lives. As a result
of their combined goal of reducing injury and death from teen crashes, State Farm® and the Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia® teamed up in 2007 to support a Congressional resolution designating National Teen Driver
Safety Week. Working together with many valued safety organizations, we continue to provide leadership and
advocacy around this tragedy.
About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in
Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees
serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United
States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for
renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance
Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500
list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada