Seven Nebraska high schools were recognized for their dedication to improving teen driver safety with the TDS Cup and Outstanding School awarded by Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS).
- 1st Place — Norfolk High School in Norfolk ($1,000 cash award)
- 2nd Place — Centura High School in Cairo ($500 cash award)
- 3rd Place — Malcolm High School in Malcolm ($250 cash award)
- Outstanding schools- Gering High School, Central Valley High School, Arlington High School and Howells-Dodge Consolidated.
Teens in the Driver Seat believes that young drivers are more effective at communicating to their peers than anyone else. The TDS Cup competition motivates teens to compete with one another to help get the word out about positive driving behaviors. Each TDS team entering the competition is awarded points for every safe-driving activity promoted in its school and community about the top five driving risks: driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and impaired driving.
Thirty-one schools across Nebraska are working on reducing teen related crashes, injuries and deaths through the use of the Teens in the Driver Seat program. This is the fifth year in a row that Centura has ranked among the top three places for their efforts. Centura Student Council’s 28 members help promote the program at Centura Public Schools.
FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive The Centura FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive began on Monday, December 4th and will run for two consecutive weeks. Students may hand in food from 8:00-8:20am each morning in the 100 pod. Prizes will be drawn each day for those that bring food. The winning class will earn a pizza party for four periods during a school day. In order to be eligible if your class wins, you must have contributed at least 5 items to your class’s total. Those in the winning class that don’t meet this will have to remain in their classes during the pizza party. (All items must be non perishable)
Holiday Happenings-Service Projects
The Giving Tree is a project that the Centura staff and students have embraced through many organizations and individuals. Over 90 students’ holiday season will be brighter through the generous giving of gifts.
The Centura Student Council is hosting Toys for Tots again this year. Students and staff are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new toy for the collection box through Dec. 15th.
The student council is also visiting the Cairo Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13th for caroling and cookies.
Toys for Tots Program
The Centura staff is supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This worthy program collects new, unused toys for underprivileged children. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. In return for bringing a new toy, the Centura staff will enjoy wearing jeans on Thursday, December 14th.
Barrett Selden, Centura Student Council Vice President presenting the Flag of Valor to Mrs. Holcomb, principal.
Centura Public Schools recognized and honored veterans from the surrounding area on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The band recognized each branch of the service with an Armed Forces Salute; veteran guests stood as their branch anthem was played.
Boys and Girls State representatives, Heather Hewitt, Boelus; Noah Bruggeman, Barrett Selden, and Emily Serr, Dannebrog; and Abby Hadenfeldt, Cairo shared their experiences from this past summer.
Guest speaker was Bill Crosier, who served in the US Army from 1964-1967, and is the National Executive Committeeman for the American Legion State of Nebraska.
Members of the Centura Student Council presented a wooden flag to the school made by Flags of Valor, a veteran-owned, veteran-operated, veteran-made company that employs veterans, raising money for veteran and first-responder charities.
The Junior and Senior High Choir performed a celebration of songs to honor veterans, and students from the Media Class showed a video tribute for all veterans.
A meal, prepared by the kitchen staff, was served by the Senior Class to approximately 60 veterans and their guests.
As Driver Education partners, the Nebraska Safety Center is excited to announce to you that they have a wonderful FREE event the Ford Driving Skills for Life which is enhanced driving skills event for Teens in partnership with Nebraska Department of Highway Safety . It will take on October 17th, 2017 from 8:00am-1:30pm at the Nebraska Safety Center Driving Range in Kearney. This event will feature advanced hands on training, a Ride and Drive experience for distracted and impaired driving. In addition, each participant will receive a $10 ITunes gift card and be entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship and a $200 VISA gift card.
Complete details for registration and questions can be found on the attached handout. Participation is free of charge however space is limited so sign your school up today. We hope to see your school in Kearney on October 17th!
CENTURA HS WINS TEEN DRIVER SAFETY AWARD
For the second year in a row, Centura High School won first place and a $1,000 cash award for their efforts in promoting safe driving amongst students. Second place went to Malcom High School with a $500 cash award, and third place went to Fullerton High School with a $250 cash award. Schools that were recognized as outstanding were Norfolk High School, Gering High School, Central Valley Public Schools and David City High School. In addition, Mrs. Kay Carpenter, Student Council Advisor and Guidance Counselor at Centura High School, was recognized as one of two sponsors in the state for her efforts in leading her TDS Team.
Currently there are 28 schools across Nebraska working on reducing teen related crashes, injuries and deaths through the use of the Teens in the Driver Seat program.
Started in Nebraska in 2013, Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer-to-peer safety program that educates teens about the top five dangers of teen driving — driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and alcohol/drug use.
The Centura Student Council, in conjunction with the Teens in the Driver Seat Program, focused on Driver Distractions during the month of February. Media announcements were put on Centura Vision, new posters were placed through the school, and a video presentation was presented to all students in grades 7-12. Students received a Valentine with a Smarties candy to remind them to always “drive smart.” The content for the driver distraction presentation included texting while driving, having other passengers in the vehicle, eating while driving, and other items that may reduce the driver’s attention to the road. The program’s hope is to stimulate personal thought about many driving safety issues, especially texting while driving. In addition, seven members of the Centura Student Council attended the Dist. 3 Student Council Convention at Kearney High School in Kearney, NE on Feb.10, 2017.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Centura Public Schools will honor all veterans in the annual Centura Veteran’s Day Celebration. You are invited to attend the celebration beginning at 10 am in the performance gym. A meal will be served to veterans and their guests following the program.
The Centura Student Council is 23 members strong, with their focus on Teens in the Driver Seat, service projects, Veterans’ Day Program, Jeans for Troops, and Toys for Tots this school year. Officers are Makenna Lemburg, President; Emily Krolikowski, Vice-President; and Grace McDonald, Secretary. Seatbelt safety will be their focus in Sept./Oct., observing students as they arrive at school, and placement of posters, as well as ads on Centura Vision.
The student council selected “Celebrate the Night” as the theme for Homecoming Week Sept. 25-Oct. 1. The week will begin with a parade at 6 pm on Sun. Sept. 25th, Spirit Week Dress-Up Days Sept. 26-30, football game vs. Loup City/Arcadia on Friday, Sept. 30th, and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday Oct. 1st. Coronation ceremony will be at 8:00 pm, with the dance following from 8:30-11:30 pm.
The 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.