Pepperell High School students and sponsors have been recognized by the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program with the schools third consecutive Georgia TDS Cup. The award signifies the school is the outstanding Teens in the Driver Seat school for the state for 2015. Pepperell's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) student organization earned this recognition for their efforts to prevent teen driver crashes through the TDS program.
Pepperell High School in Lindale, GA, hosted the Georgia Department of Transportation, State Farm and Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) for the award presentation on Thursday, April 30. Student Heaven Spain was also recognized as 2014–2015 TDS Teen Advisory Board Member for her service to the Teens in the Driver Seat program.
The Pepperell SADD organization sponsors the annual community Just Drive - Safe Driving Expo to bring attention to young drivers and their parents of the dangers of distracted driving. The event has turned into a community activity throughout Rome and Floyd County improving driver safety for everyone in the area.
The TDS Cup, sponsored by State Farm, is the award given to the top TDS program schools each year. Schools receive points for completing various project outreach activities and achieving program goals. At the end of each year, the school with the most points is declared the winner and receives the TDS Cup. Schools that reach a minimum required number of activity points will be recognized as an Outstanding TDS School. For their selection, Pepperell received a check for $1,000 from State Farm. The money will be used for future driver education programs sponsored by the PHS SADD club.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) consists of students selected to represent the TDS program. The TAB offers guidance and leadership relative to the content and direction of the program. Some duties of TAB members include
providing insight on how to effectively engage peers and sustain their interest in TDS,
assisting in organizing program-oriented events and activities,
providing feedback, ideas and opinions on new program materials, safety messages, promotional items and related elements,
participating in quarterly meetings and
serving as traffic safety ambassadors and leaders for the program in their school and community.
In addition to State Farm grant funding, the Georgia TDS program receives support from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).