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State Farm grant will help BC SADD group program

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - State Farm Insurance not only awards safe driving but encourages local students to become safe drivers.

Bullitt County State Farm agent Peggy Druin presented a $7,500 check from the company to the Bullitt Central High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organization.

“We, at State Farm, are excited to provide an opportunity to celebrate young people who are learning to drive this year and who will soon be getting their license,” Druin said.

The grant donation came from an event at Bowman Field in Louisville on Sept. 15, during State Farm’s national Celebrate My Drive Day celebration.

State Farm reported that motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teens. The agency is committed to stopping further tragedies through education and awareness programs.

“Our goal is to celebrate the joy of getting a license and we’ll encourage young people to be safe as they venture out to all their future destinations,” Druin said. “State Farm is well aware the first year behind the wheel for new drivers is the most dangerous.”

Druin presented the check to Bullitt Central SADD director Mark Ledford, who said the funding would be implemented toward school functions geared to promote student safety.

SADD will present a play, “Remember Grace,” March 6-7 at the Bullitt Central auditorium. Ledford said the play was about a female student involved in a texting-and-driving accident.

In April SADD, in conjunction with the Bullitt Central Youth Service Center,  will host the Destructive Driving - Save A Life Tour,  featuring two texting-and-driving simulators along with an intensive assembly geared toward senior and junior students.

“The event will take place right before the proms,” Ledford said. “The assembly is an ‘in your face’ thing but it drives the point across. There are many student challenges involved.

Youth Service Center coordinator Tonia Wiggins said that Bullitt County Partners in Prevention would also attend the event, along with Shepherdsville Police School Resource Officer Ken Bernardi, who will feature a safety belt simulator.

For more information on the play, “Remember Grace,” or the Destructive Driving - Save a Life Tour, call Bullitt Central, 869-6000.

State Farm will again host a Celebrate My Drive event at Bowman Field in September. For more information on the event and the Celebrate Ny Drive program visit teendriving.statefarm.com.