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Avery High School SADD club, school administrators and members of law enforcement celebrate
a $25,000 grant received by the school as part of State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive program.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-12-10 23:51:31
Last modified: 2013-12-10 23:52:17

Avery High School SADD club receives $25,000 Celebrate My Drive grant

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An announcement more than four weeks in the making became official on Thursday, Dec. 5, when Avery County High School SADD club was presented with a Celebrate My Drive grant for $25,000 at a surprise assembly for students and faculty.

Avery competed with approximately 1,700 schools nationwide that registered to compete for the top 50 spots for the grant, culminating with an online voting process from Oct. 18 to 26.

ACHS principal Todd Griffin explained the Celebrate My Drive initiative to assembly attendees, telling students, teachers and guests of the efforts of the SADD club to involve students in impaired-driving courses on campus to educate students on the dangers of driving while texting or impaired.

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