I’m planning to give the Clinton School District $15,000.

OK, not exactly, but the title did get your attention.  In all honesty my personal budget and my wife’s spending habits won’t really accommodate me giving the Clinton School District $15,000 but I can help the school district win $15,000 from American Family Insurance and you can too.

Here’s how.  American Family Insurance is sponsoring a Teen Safe Driving Program to help reduce risky teen driving behaviors and by showing our commitment to being a safe driver – we can help our local school win up to $15,000!

Anyone 14 or older (including students, parents, siblings, relatives and friends) can complete the Teen Safe Driver Pledge. 

Here’s the pledge:

Safe driving habits begin with the family. Parents must provide strong guidance for their teens – both through what they say and how they act. Likewise, young drivers must earn their parents’ trust before they’re given the keys to the family wheels.

But even beyond the immediate family, all drivers play an important role in keeping their passengers, fellow motorists and themselves safe on the highway by adhering to some common sense principles. The following pledge is based on those guidelines. While it’s positioned from the teen’s perspective, it results in benefits for the whole community.

We the undersigned agree to the following rules for the new driver in our house.

  1. I will never allow alcohol or drugs in the car at any time. Ever.
  2. I will never allow any passengers in my car if they have been drinking or using drugs. There’s a whole bunch of reasons for this rule (including that wasted people are generally annoying). If drugs or alcohol have been involved with anyone, I will call you for a ride. My future driving rights will not be violated, regardless of who it is.
  3. Everyone in my car will wear a seatbelt at all times. If anyone refuses, they can walk.
  4. When driving, I will not text, use a cell phone, tweet or perform any similarly dangerous activities. If I absolutely need to contact someone, I will find a safe place to pull over first.
  5. For the first six months of driving, I will never allow more than one additional non-family member in the car when I drive. During the sixth months after that, there will never be more than two additional people in my car.
  6. I will abide by all curfews, unless we have a prior agreement on an alternate time. If you see that I’ve been consistently coming home on time, I understand you will consider extending my curfew.
  7. I will obey all traffic laws. That’s why I took Drivers’ Ed and my road test.
  8. If I receive any citations – for speeding, reckless driving, failure to yield, running traffic signs and my-fault collisions, to name a few – I will lose my driving privileges … AND pay the fines.
  9. Additionally, if any of the above citations are caused by me using a cell phone, iPod or similar electronic gadget, I will lose that device, too.
  10. I know that parents can be OK (sometimes). If I consistently follow the above rules, always putting safety first, I will be rewarded with more time with the car as well as additional social privileges.

While the preceding rules are designed for the teen, they will only work with parental support and oversight. This pledge is a mutual agreement centered on family.

The school with the most pledges wins and pledges by friends, family and community members count toward the total so you and I can help the Clinton School District get $15,000.  We are all well aware that state and local budget shortfalls have caused school districts across the state to make difficult decisions and reduce services.  Fifteen thousand dollars won’t fix everything but it can help.

Our part’s easy use this link www.teensafedriverpledge.com  

After you complete the pledge pay close attention to the school in the lead of the Red Division….that’s right, Clinton is in the lead and it’s fitting that our Clinton Cardinals are winning the Red Division, red just happens to be one of our school colors.

Let’s do our part to help the Clinton School District win a much-needed $15,000. 

The money would be great but the real prize is keeping young drivers and their passengers safe.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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1 Response to I’m planning to give the Clinton School District $15,000.

  1. Renie Dehn says:

    What can I say Craig! Thank you so much for this blog. What a wonderful explaination of the teen safe driving program/pledge. As a close knit community we all feel strongly about our town and the well being of our children, friends and family. The money for our district is great but keeping our community safe is the bottom line. Your getting the word out there is just one step closer to the goal.
    Again my thanks and thank you from the American Family Agents in Clinton.

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