High schools compete in seat belt challenge

XENIA — Fairborn High School recently won Greene County Safe Communities Coalition’s annual Fall Seat Belt Challenge, in which nine local high schools competed to raise awareness about the importance of seat belt use.

In the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving break, Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Cedarville, Fairborn, Greene County Career Center, Greeneview, Legacy Christian Academy, Xenia, and Yellow Springs high schools shared announcements about the dangers of driving unbelted, statistics, and encouraging messages. An unannounced seat belt observation took place at each school.

According to Jillian Drew, Safe Communities Coordinator for Greene County Public Health, “The Safe Communities Coalition works closely with the high schools and students on promoting safe driving throughout the year. This challenge is more about building a habit than competing twice a year.”

Fairborn High School had the highest percentage — 100 percent — of students buckled as they left the school grounds at the end of the observation day. The school will receive $500 from the All State Foundation.

FHS did not participate in the Spring 2018 challenge because they had won several challenges in row, but they were allowed to compete in the fall challenge.

A press conference was held Dec. 12 at FHS. All are welcome to attend and congratulate the winning school. Local law enforcement officials, school administrators and students, and Safe Communities representatives will be on hand with remarks.