HARROD - Allen East High School has been selected as one of the top 26 high schools from throughout the United States and Canada to receive a $2,000 grant by Project Ignition - a service-learning teen driver safety program sponsored by State Farm® and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council®.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in this country. Project Ignition is a youth- and schools-led response that connects academic goals to address the issue of teen driver safety through service-learning. This grant will support Students Against Destructive Decisions from Allen East High School- one of 26 student-designed and student-led campaigns aimed at preventing car crashes in their community.

"The awarding of this grant will allow SADD to host a parent dinner event, where the goal is to share the mission of the SADD team with the Allen East Community and promote good decisions that begin within the family."

Students' plans range from hosting a parent night for community members to using social media to raise awareness. The 10 most effective campaigns that emerge from these 26 will be given the opportunity to receive additional funding (up to $7,500) and join the ranks of Project Ignition's 18 current National Leader Schools as they implement longer-term campaigns.