GCMS students try for $100,000 State Farm grant
GIBSON CITY — The local high school driver safety group wants the community's help to win $100,000 for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school district.
Four members of the 10-year-old Project Ignition and their sponsor Judy Weber-Jones made a presentation to the school board that included the video clip of their appearance on the WCIA-TV show "ciLiving."
The students — who encourage positive peer pressure and who speak at conferences and assemblies, publish a safety booklet and have won awards — have entered a contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance, also a sponsor of Project Ignition. More than 3,000 similar safety programs are competing for the money in the Celebrate My Drive contest. Ten schools with the highest vote totals will win $100,000, 90 schools, $25,000 and the top two vote-getters will win a concert with Kelly Clarkson for their school.
The students ask for people to go to the website celebratemydrive.com — search for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School — and vote for Project Ignition from Oct. 18-26.
The group grew out of a vehicle accident involving local twins that killed driver Greg Arends and critically injured his brother Stephen. Students wanted to do something to prevent similar tragedies. So Project Ignition emphasizes using seat belts, obeying speed limits and not driving while distracted by cell phone use and texting.