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Danbury High wins $100,000 grant in safe driving contest

Thousands of safe driver commitments made in support of Danbury High School through the "Celebrate My Drive" program means big money for the school.  Danbury finished in the top 10, and was awarded a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. 


Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous according to research by State Farm.


“State Farm is proud of Danbury’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety”, said State Farm Agent Tom Huse, who is also an alum of the School.  Maria Ordonez, another local agent concurred with Tom and added, “Our goal is to celebrate the honor of getting a license and encourage young people to be safe on the road.”



Principal Gary Bocaccio says it was an incredible accomplishment.  Some of the funding is going to safe driving awareness education.  Suggestion boxes will be put in place at the High School for student input on how the money should be spent.  Boccaccio is putting together a committee of faculty, parents and students to discuss the best ideas.  Student activities at Danbury High School that will have the biggest impact will be funded.


Over 6,000,000 safe driving commitments were made in support of over 3,500 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada between October 18th and October 26th.  More than 250,000 pledges were made to Danbury High School.


The students had been switching back and forth from the leader spot with a school from Iowa.  But with  just hours left in the campaign, two schools from the same town in Tennessee bumped Danbury to third place.  Mayor Mark Boughton said in a tweet that the City was in contact with State Farm about those two schools.  He said they may be a "bot", or web robot, is a software that runs automated tasks over the internet.


The official rankings will be released December 9th.



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