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Students earn FACTS grants

BLOOMINGDALE — Distracted driving and seatbelt safety are the focus of two grants recently awarded to a student organization at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

Early childhood education students in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America received Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety grants to spotlight personal, vehicle and road safety. A $2,000 award was given to the group and will be split among its 16 juniors and seniors for separate projects.

“The juniors will educate their peers on impaired driving and invite guests from the community to speak, plus they will do challenges with impairment goggles,” FCCLA Adviser Becky Kelley explained. “The seniors will focus on seatbelt safety and usage. They will educate preschool parents and peers using PowerPoint presentations and newsletters and also want to partner with someone in the insurance community.”

Hopes are to contact a local State Farm Insurance agent since the company is a grant sponsor and Kelley said events should occur over the next few weeks.

“My goal is to do these events in February after Spotlight on Skills because we must submit evidence of our programs to the national FCCLA after March 1,” she commented.

Kelley said the chapter has received grants for the past three years and previously utilized FACTS funding for programs on seatbelt safety and vehicle winterization. She said the allocation has given her students a chance to become more effective leaders.

“It’s a nice opportunity for students to be leaders in their school and community and to educate their peers on these issues, especially since some of them are new drivers. We also try to be community partners.”

FACTS is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives and the goal is to educate others and support the enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety.

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