Twenty schools in the Texas Department of Transportation’s El Paso District have a head start on providing a safe celebration for their graduating seniors. The schools, in Brewster and El Paso counties, received Project Celebration awards.
Project Celebration is a combination of education and lock-in events conducted by educators, parents and community partners to help keep students safe and alcohol-free throughout the school year and especially during school-related celebrations.
Annually, TxDOT awards mini-grants (“seed money”) to help school officials, parents and community partners sponsor Project Celebration education activities and lock-in events. The mini-grants, each $700 can be used to cover expenses such as printing, materials, postage, supplies and room rental.
The goal is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving. TxDOT traffic data shows traffic crashes, half of which involve alcohol and other drugs, are a leading cause of death and serious injury for young people (ages 15-19).
The complete list of recipients is as follows:
• Clint ECHS
• Cotton Valley ECHS
• Del Valle
• El Paso
• Transmountain ECHS
• Valle Verde ECHS
For more information on Project Celebration visit their website.