Project Celebration kicks off at TxDOT District Office Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m.

Contact: Karen A. Threlkeld, APR

Phone: (325) 947-9205

Date: Feb. 7, 2019

Each year, the Texas Department of Transportation awards mini-grants to help school officials, parents and community partners sponsor Project Celebration events. Previously known as Project Graduation, Project Celebration is a combination of education and lock-in events designed to keep students safe and alcohol-free throughout the school year and especially during prom and graduation celebrations. It provides information and education about the dangers of impaired driving.

This Saturday, Feb. 9, students from 10 area high schools will compete for grant money to help fund Project Celebration events at their schools. Starting at 9 a.m. in the TxDOT District Training Room , Building E., 4501 Knickerbocker Road., San Angelo, TX, students will hear from Sean Carter. The public is invited to attend.

Sean’s journey into his new life started at the crash site in Wichita Falls, Texas, during the wee hours of Sunday, March 27, 2005. At the time of his motor vehicle crash, Sean was a student at Midwestern State University majoring in business administration. He was the passenger in a truck, driven by a college friend who was drunk. As the truck spun and slammed into a tree, Sean’s journey began.

Sean suffered multiple fractures, internal injuries, but worst of all a traumatic brain injury. Sean is now well down the path of his new life. Although he has forgotten how to walk and talk, Sean continues to make progress.  He is joined by his mother Jenny, to help share his story. You can read more about him at

Following Sean’s speech, the area school students will each give a three-minute presentation on a traffic safety related issue in front of a panel of judges. Each group will be scored and the top three schools will be awarded grants of $1,500, $1,250 and $1,000 respectively for first ,second and third place.


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