Friday, June 18, 2010

Battle of the Belts Saves Lives

Each year, All Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids of Pasco sponsor the Battle of the Belts campaign for Pasco high school students. It is designed to decrease the dangers teens face while riding in motor vehicles by increasing seat belt usage. Participating this year were Anclote, Gulf, Hudson, James W. Mitchell, Land O' Lakes, Pasco, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch and Zephyrhills High Schools. Guided by their School Resource Officers, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) clubs and student government groups took the lead and designed marketing campaigns, which included essays, posters, public service announcements (PSA), and events such as Prom Promise. The sponsors held a recognition luncheon at the All Children’s Hospital center in New Port Richey where several awards were given to the students and school teams that participated.
  • Poster: First Place, Linda Lovett, Hudson High School, $200 award.
  • Essay: First Place, Lydia Kinney, James W. Mitchell High School, $200 award.
  • PSA: James W. Mitchell High School, $500 award to SADD.
  • Campaign: James W. Mitchell High School, $700 award to SADD.
  • Highest percent in increased use of seat belts: Gulf High School, $700 award to SADD.
  • Highest overall seat belt use: Wesley Chapel High School, $1,000 award to SADD. This marks the school’s second year being recognized in this category.
Sincere gratitude is offered to the program sponsors, schools, and participating students for helping save lives through the 2010 Battle of the Belts.