The Sacred Heart Gremlins are in the top 100 schools nationwide in a national campaign, but they need help to become No. 1.
Sacred Heart is one of only 100 schools throughout the United States to be named as a finalist in the State Farm Celebrate My Drive contest.
Nationwide, 650 schools entered the contest.
“We’re actually in the top 50 schools since there are two divisions of competition in the program,” SHS Assistant Development Director Kathi Oster said. “State Farm classifies a small school (the division Sacred Heart is competing in) as anyone with an enrollment of 750 students or less.
“We know we have our work cut out for us but with the community’s support and votes we feel we really have a chance,” Oster added.
The program, DRIVE 2N2, will award $100,000 to 11 schools in each division.
According to State Farm’s website, the DRIVE 2N2 campaign means “two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.”
“This can help distracted driving and help drivers build confidence on the road at the same time,” the site states. “Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens and the first year of driving is the most dangerous.”
High schools from across the United States were asked to raise driver safety awareness in their individual high schools and then promote their campaign through a video on www.celebratemydrive.com.
“One of our parents told us about the campaign,” Oster said. “When Liz (Suter-Van Leer) found out about it she took the idea to our student council and they ran with it.
“The student council and our staff have worked a great deal in the past months to promote the importance of driver safety,” she added. “They have worked very hard and know we need to do our part.”
Individuals who would like to help the school win can do so by voting at www.celebratemydrive.com.
Voters should choose the “filter by state” option and then they will be given an option to scroll through the schools.
To vote for Sacred Heart, click on the name and then click on the SHS video. An email verification link will be sent and voters will have to click on that link for the vote to count. Voters have to be 14 years of age.
The voting, which began Monday, continues through Friday. Individuals may cast one vote per day.
The 11 schools in each division who win must spend 22 percent of the money on additional driver safety programs. Sacred Heart has a plan for the additional money, which is to purchase a new bus.
Last month, on the way home from a trip to Kansas City, the school’s bus broke down on I-70 in the middle of the night.
“Our students and faculty have worked hard to spread the word about safe driving, and we are proud that we are being recognized,” Principal Dr. Gary Manning stated in a press release. “The challenge ahead is that Sacred Heart will be competing for votes against schools much larger than ours.
“It’s going to be our students, parents community members, and alumni coming together to vote for us,” Manning added. “Our top priority for the grant money is to purchase a school bus, so we appreciate all the support we can get.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484