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Raleigh High wins second $25K grant

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RALEIGH, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from State Farm

State Farm® announces that Raleigh High School is one of 100 winning high schools earning a $25,000 Celebrate My Drive grant. They were among 3,283 registered high schools nationwide that participated in this year's program. Students, parents, administrators, State Farm agents and the entire community rallied in support of teen drivers, making online safe driving commitments, helping the school reach its goal. This is the second year in a row the school has won a $25,000 Celebrate My Drive grant.

Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous. Celebrate My Drive is an opportunity to celebrate new drivers, focusing on the freedom, but also the responsibility, that comes with earning a driver's license. It's a chance for teens and their high schools to amplify conversations about this important topic and help be part of the solution.

State Farm officials will present the $25,000 grant during an assembly at the school located at 491 Magnolia Drive, Raleigh, MS, at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Media is invited to cover the announcement.

“State Farm is proud of Raleigh High School's continued efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “We appreciate all of the wonderful support of the program to help reduce teen crashes and save lives.”

Winning schools are required to invest at least 10 percent of the grant award on a teen driver safety program for students.

About State Farm®:

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve almost 84 million policies and accounts – approximately 82 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is

available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

About Celebrate My Drive®

Celebrate My Drive® is a different approach to a leading public health risk. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen's first year on the road is the most dangerous. Using research as a guide, State Farm® is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way. It's a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a drivers' license. Learn more about the initiative at www.celebratemydrive.com.

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