Contact: Kathi White

Phone: (903) 510-9267

Date: Feb. 11, 2019

TYLER, Texas  – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is awarding mini-grants to area high schools to assist with their 2019 alcohol and drug-free post-prom or post-graduation lock-in or all-night events. To receive funding schools must participate in TxDOT’s Traffic Safety Slogan and Art Contest or create a Traffic Safety Awareness Display.

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. The program focuses on school-related celebrations such as prom and graduation in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving.

For 2019, graduating seniors can earn funding by choosing between two options: create a piece of art that includes an original slogan and artwork relating to a traffic safety subject such as drowsy driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, seat belts or speeding; or create and place a traffic safety awareness display at the main entrance of their school relating to one of the aforementioned subjects.

Slogan and art contest participants can earn $1,500 for First Place, $1,250 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, quality, message and impact. The deadline is March 29, 2019.

Schools participating in the awareness display category can receive up to $700. The display must be complete, set up, and a photo submitted to TxDOT by May 1, 2019.

While schools can participate in both options, they will only receive funding for one of them. 

To participate in the Project Celebration program, school event representatives must submit an entry form on or before March 8, 2019 to TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, 2709 W. Front St., Tyler, Texas, 75702.




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