CASEY (JG-TC) — A student-led safe driving campaign has earned Casey-Westfield High School first place for its region in the 2012-13 Operation Teen Safe Driving program co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
According to a press release, Arcola High School placed second for the region, Okaw Valley placed third, Pana placed fourth, and Jamaica placed fifth in this program, also sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, The Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and the Illinois State Police.
The top five winning schools in each region will receive prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500 to host a post-prom event.
Participating student leaders were encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to develop a program to educate their peers on the dangers of unsafe driving practices.
Casey-Westfield’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter, advised by Susie Elkins, organized a Safe Driving Expo at the high school and a flash mob-style dance at the Little Illini Conference Tournament. The YouTube video of this dance, known as “CWHS Road Warriors Flash Mob, ” includes teen crash statistics and safe driving reminders.
FCCLA students also worked with 2010 Casey-Westfield graduate Nate Evans, as well as his family and friends, to create a seat belt safety presentation and video about his Feb. 18, 2009, nearly fatal auto accident.
Evans was not wearing his seat belt at the time and was ejected from his pickup truck. He suffered a broken back and other injuries, and had to undergo extensive rehabilitation before he could return to school.