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Centura Awarded First Place for Teens in the Driver Seat Program

teens in the drivers seatThe Centura Student Council has received first place for points accrued in the Teens in the Driver Seat, a traffic safety education program in Nebraska designed to help teens become safe drivers. This award will give the school $1000 to spend on activities and programs to continue the message of driving safe. Points were awarded for such activities as presentations to the students, posters placed throughout the school, placement of seatbelt signage in the parking lot, conducting surveys on texting and seatbelt use, making a video on seatbelts, and promotion of safe driving habits on Centura Vision to name a few.

Starting in seven Nebraska schools two years ago, the program was brought to Nebraska through a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, AAA Nebraska, Nebraska Safety Council and the Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition. This year there were 14 schools participating.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Nebraska teens,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “This program is an opportunity for teens and their sponsors to develop and implement traffic safety programs in their school and community which can instill safe driving habits that they can use for a lifetime.”

Teens in the Driver Seat uses peer-to-peer influence to bring together young drivers, parents, school administrators, communities and other partners to reduce teen crashes on Nebraska roadways. The program addresses both awareness and behavior, using peer pressure as a positive force to promote safe driving habits and reduce the top five risks for teen drivers: nighttime driving speeding, driver distractions such as texting, low seat belt use, and driving while impaired from alcohol or drugs.

The Centura Student Council is comprised of 18 students in grades 9-12. The president is Hannah Adams, vice-president Jordyn Grabowski, and secretary, Makenna Lemburg. They are sponsored by Kay Carpenter, Guidance Counselor for Centura Jr./Sr. High School.

Super Staff Members of the Week

Centura’s Super Staff Members of the week are…. Char Kyhn, Dori Dorsey, Diana Korinek, and Stephanie Luhn. Together they make up our wonderful preschool staff. These ladies work tirelessly with our youngest Centurions. They make learning fun and meaningful everyday for these students. They provide the best Early Childhood education to prepare the preschool students […] Continue reading →

Centura FFA State Convention Results

Congratulations to all of the FFA members that competed last week at the State FFA Convention. Among the highlights were the Nursery/Landscaping team of Hannah Adams, Abby Hadenfeldt, Conner Sokol, and Peyton McCord placing 4th overall. Also, six FFA members were awarded their state degrees. They were: Hannah Adams, Kalen Cumming, Paige Reimers, Josh Sonnenfeld, […] Continue reading →

Centura Public Schools Board of Education Hosts Community Engagement

The opportunity to listen to community priorities and expectations has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by the Centura Board of Education. The public session will take place at the Boelus Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. The community discussion will help formulate a vision of the future, and identify goals and strategies necessary […] Continue reading →