Grant to promote safe teen driving
Coosa High student group a finalist for grant to promote safe teen driving
Posted on 03/09/2009
The Coosa High School Technology Student Association (TSA) has been named as a finalist from school entries from across the nation and received an “ACT OUT LOUD: Raising Voices for Safe Teen Driving” grant of $1,000 and a FLIP Video Camera from The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), a nonprofit coalition of youth led and youth serving national organizations that focus on youth traffic safety and health. Coosa High was one of 20 schools to be named as a finalist in the 2009 Act Out Loud contest. May 11-22 the public from across the country will be asked to vote on the web for the best ideas and projects form the 20 schools that were named as finalists. The top three will win additional grants of up to $10,000 for their school and $5,000 for their national organization. The Internet website is Coosa students will use the $1,000 grant to fund awareness activities planned during the contest. 

A team of 6 Coosa High students will lead the club’s efforts to promote National Youth Traffic Safety Month during the month of May. The students will sponsor several events between now and the end of the year to promote Teen Safety Awareness at Coosa High and other schools in the area. The Coosa group will be assisted by the Allstate Foundation, a sponsor of the program; several public safety agencies in the area; Representative Barbara Massey Reece, (D) 11th and other students to promote the program. The students will be posting their ideas to a blog on the contest website, as well as, sending in pictures and videos of their team projects for the public to keep up with their progress. The team captain is Linh Ho, TSA Secretary, and a senior and 4 year TSA member, CHS TSA President Kyle Hubbard a junior, TSA Reporter Kim Alvarado a sophomore, Jackie Watkins, senior, Coosa High School Announcement Coordinator, TSA members senior Chris King, sophomore Ana Alvarado and freshmen Jasmine Vickers. 

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States. 6,000 youths die annually on our highways across the nation, that’s 16 a day. May is designated as National Youth Safety Month.

Steps youth can take to be safe on the roads include: 
  • Wearing a safety belt – EVERY TIME 
  • Driving at or below the speed limit 
  • Limiting the number of passengers in their car 
  • Pulling over if they need to make a call or text a friend
  • Avoiding drowsy driving by getting enough rest 
  • NEVER getting in a car with ANYONE who has been drinking alcohol 
For more information about National Youth Traffic Safety Month visit or call the Coosa High School TSA at 706-290-8169. 

The Coosa High School Technology Student Association (TSA) is a local school chapter of the Georgia Technology Student Association, one of the largest TSA state organizations in the country with over 10,000 members from across Georgia. The Coosa High School TSA is an active chapter that participates in several projects throughout year to promote engineering and technology education at the high school, in the community, and across the state. The chapter currently produces a TV show for Shorter College Athletics that airs locally and regionally and students perform work-based learning with Georgia Public Broadcasting at the Georgia High School Football and Basketball Championships each year. A new project is a TV program called Coosa Valley Veterans that will start airing in April on local channels that will be part of the Great Americans and Save Our History programs, as well as the Library of Congress. The chapter also participates in several other local projects to support engineering technology.