School gets grant for safe driving program

Staff report

October 20, 2013

LUMBERTON — A local high school has received a grant to promote safe driving among teenagers.

The Allstate Foundation has awarded $1,000 to Lumberton High School’s chapter of SAVE — the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere.

As part of the grant, Lumberton High School will receive money for teen safe driving projects, education and promotional materials, an adviser stipend, ongoing technical assistance for SAVE’s youth safety efforts, and opportunities to partner with local Allstate agents.

SAVE is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in schools with chapters in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Many of those chapters will begin their safe driving campaigns during America’s Safe School Week beginning on Monday and National SAVE Day on Wednesday.

“It’s rewarding to see teens who are empowered and educated about safe driving,” said Thomas Walters, Allstate agent with Walters Insurance Agency in Raleigh. “SAVE does so much to promote a healthy and safe lifestyle for students everywhere. We’re excited to be able to team with them to focus on safe driving — something that seems so simple, but affects students daily. By educating students on safe driving, we are giving them the tools necessary to prevent senseless injuries and deaths.”

In addition to raising general awareness about safe driving, many chapters will host rallies, safe driving pledge events, seat belt checks, impaired driving obstacle courses and more throughout the school year.

“We’re so grateful for this generous grant from the Allstate Foundation,” said Carleen Wray, SAVE executive director. “SAVE students are so passionate about youth safety issues and teen safe driving, and this grant will allow them to get their messages out in ways they’ve never been able to before. One of the missions of SAVE is to keep kids safe in their daily lives and activities – this will only help further that mission. ”

SAVE and the Allstate Foundation, who first partnered together in 2005, have awarded the grant to 25 SAVE school chapters in the two states for use in their 2013-2014 plans.

SAVE is still accepting applications for the 13 remaining spots until Oct. 31. Interested schools can download and submit the application at: