Through a partnership with the Winnebago County Safe Driving Coalition, students at Neenah High School are learning about safe driving through a week’s worth of activities April 20-25.
The week will include recognition of positive behaviors and a driving simulator from AT&T. It will conclude with the “Choose Your Ride” car at the high school prom on Saturday night in downtown Neenah.
Planning for the event began months ago after Neenah High School won a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for safe driving. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department also was awarded a safe driving grant and has led the effort.
On Monday, state troopers and county officers came to the high school parking lot and stopped student drivers for poor driving practices. Students were given fake tickets to remind them of the proper actions. Staff members also walked through the lot and rewarded students for positive behaviors.
A display was put up in the high school’s link hallway showing safe driving techniques beginning on Tuesday and students will be rewarded for positive driving behaviors in the parking lot throughout the week. On Friday, police officers will present the AT&T driving simulation in Pickard Auditorium in the morning and in a booth at the school’s Diversity Fair throughout the day.
The “Choose Your Ride” car, which is a half-police car, half-taxicab will be outside the Riverwalk Hotel for prom on Saturday to remind students of the consequences of their choices.