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The Telegram
  • Grates joins Central Valley Academy to support new drivers

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  • Learning to drive is a big step in life’s journey.
    State Farm agent Scott Grates, of Ilion, joins with hundreds of other agents across North America in a show of support for teen drivers, helping them stay safe as they embark on the road ahead.
    As part of the company’s Celebrate My Drive program, State Farm is offering teens across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to learn more about safe driving, win grant money for their school, and be one of two schools to win a free concert by Grammy award winner Kelly Clarkson.
    Grates will host a Celebrate my Drive event at Central Valley Academy on Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. The student event will include a photo booth, texting bean bag toss, giveaways and more.
    Ilion Mayor John Stephens will be on-site to commemorate the day with a proclamation.
    More than 3 million new drivers across North America are rallying their communities to commit to safe driving. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. and Canada. Students in more than 3,000 participating high schools are celebrating the joy of driving while at the same time working to reverse this statistic.
    State Farm Automobile Insurance is supporting students’ efforts to amplify the conversation around teen driving safety through their Celebrate My Drive program. During the seventh annual National Teen Driving Safety Week, people in communities across the U.S. and Canada are committing to be safe drivers once daily between Oct. 18 and 26 at www.celebratemydrive.com. Each safe driving commitment is made in support of one of over 3,000 participating high schools. The top 100 high schools with the most safe driving commitments will be awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. The top two schools will win a grand prize of a private concert by Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson for their school.

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