Students at Lebanon High School, Mt. Juliet High School and Wilson Central High School started last Friday encouraging their communities to back them with a simple request that now appears could lead to a significant pay day.
The three Wilson County high schools entered “Celebrate My Drive” in hopes of winning a grant for their school.
Celebrate My Drive is a friendly competition between high schools to see which one garners the most community commitments to safe driving. Through Saturday at midnight, community members are encouraged to make a safe driving commitment on behalf of their high school. The more commitments, the better the odds of being awarded a grant.
“I hope we can make this a friendly competition among the schools while winning our share of $3.25 million State Farm will be awarding for the votes/commitments,” said Mt. Juliet State Farm agent Jeff Gannon. “This money is very achievable. One hundred schools will win $25,000-$100,000 each.”
As of Thursday, Lebanon High School was in the lead among the Wilson County schools at fourth with Wilson Central not far behind in fifth. The top 10 schools each receive a $100,000 grant.
Mt. Juliet High School was in 25th place as of Thursday and stands to earn $25,000 for the school as one of the top 100 in the competition.
Two grand prizes, concerts with Kelly Clarkson, will also be awarded to the school with the most commitments.
We join with each of these Wilson County communities in supporting both the initiative each school has taken, as well as the message behind Celebrate My Drive in promoting safe driving habits, especially among teens.
It’s not too late to get in on the action and support our local schools to send a message across the nation we have the most support from our local communities – more than any other. And while our schools are near the top now, there are no guarantees until the final tally.
Winners will be announced Dec. 9, and grants will be awarded between Dec. 18 and Jan. 18.
Go to celebratemydrive.com or the Celebrate My Drive Facebook page and make your commitment today. Do it for our schools and for Wilson County. Let’s be No. 1.