TUPELO – Tupelo High School was selected by a national organization for a grant that will be used to promote teen safe driving and youth safety efforts.
The nonprofit Students Against Violence Everywhere received a grant from The Allstate Foundation. It then awarded $1,000 mini-grants to 33 schools in Mississippi and North Carolina. THS was one 17 Mississippi schools – and the only one in Northeast Mississippi – to receive the funds.
Each school will receive free SAVE chapter affiliation and the grant for teen safe driving activism projects, education and promotional materials, an advisor stipend, ongoing support and technical assistance for SAVE’s youth safety efforts.
THS driver’s education teacher Jason Miller said the school will start its first SAVE chapter in January with himself and fellow driver’s education teacher Lamar Aldridge serving as advisors. One idea for the grant would be to work with local law enforcement to stage a mock accident.
“Normally we really only target the kids who take driver’s ed,” Miller said. “With this grant, we will be able to put on things that are campus-wide.”
SAVE started at West Charlotte High School in North Carolina in 1989 following the death of a student who was trying to break-up a fight at an off-campus party. It is dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in schools and communities.
“We’re so grateful for this generous grant from the Allstate Foundation,” Carleen Wray, executive director of SAVE, said in a press release.