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Boone High School wins $100,000 grant from State Farm

Students gather for Celebrate My Drive® event and walk away winners
Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

Tens of thousands of teens across America got together for a celebration of their privilege to drive last month. In Orlando, Boone High School's new drivers met at the Florida Mall on Sept. 15, 2012 to hear from law enforcement and safety advocates about positive driving habits and experiences. State Farm organized the Celebrate My Drive® day using an approach of sharing with new drivers how to stay safe, rather than using traditional shocking stories which often scare new drivers. According to State Farm, the Sept. 15th event qualified as North America's largest-ever, simultaneous gathering of new teen drivers.

Prior to Sept. 15th, an online voting process took place. Boone High School took top honors in Orlando winning of one of 14 grants worth $100,000 thanks to the voting tally. The check was presented to the school last week.

Principal Margaret McMillen says the money will be used to upgrade technology throughout the school. Schools can use the money to fund essential projects.

National Teen Driving Safety Week was celebrated this month. During the week, parents, teens, lawmakers, and educators were encouraged to focus on working together to change risky teen driving behavior and save lives.