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Owen Valley High School Receives Learning Grant
Updated May 5, 2013 1:04 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(SPENCER) - Owen Valley High School will receive an $84,774 service-learning grant for their Mission Ignition project.

The grant was awarded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

The program focuses on seatbelt use, increased awareness while driving, and eliminate the occurrence of texting while driving. The team has set a goal of 100 percent of the students using seatbelts while driving or as a passenger.

"Owen Valley is very grateful to have been selected for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant", said supervising teacher Brenda Davis. "This grant will allow Mission Ignition to expand to a K-12 program in our corporation and mentor other high schools in the state that are interested in developing similar teen safe driving programs. Other plans include publishing educational materials, producing public service announcements and creating our own superhero."

In addition to this $84,774 grant, Owen Valley has also won more than $29,000 in grant money through Project Ignition and its program is ranked among the Top 10 in the nation.

Owen Valley is one of 64 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted more than $19.8 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 340 communities.

"State Farm supports service-learning because it combines service to the community with classroom curriculum in a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility," said State Farm Agent Karen Redenbaugh. "The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farm's commitment to education, our community and our youth."

Additionally, applications are available for interested youth aged 17-20 to become a Youth Advisory Board member. More information can be found at

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million a year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees.

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