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Morris Area wins $100,000 through Celebrate My Drive

The officer team with Morris Area BPA was presented with a $100,000 check from Paul LeTendre of State Farm at an assembly on Thursday, Nov. 14, as part of the Celebrate My Drive program.

MORRIS -- Morris Area High School has been awarded a grant of $100,000 after rallying community support for safe driving through State Farm's Celebrate My Drive program. 

During one week in October, student organizers with Morris Area BPA encouraged classmates and community members to make a commitment to safe driving.

The 100 schools that gathered the most commitments during the event were eligible for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Morris Area was among the top five schools in the small school category. 

“State Farm is proud of Morris’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” said local State Farm agent Paul LeTendre. “Our goal is to celebrate the joy of getting a license and encourage young people to be safe on the road.”

The grant agreement specifies that 10 percent of the funds are used to support ongoing teen driver safety efforts. 

Morris Area High School Principal Craig Peterson said the district is still working to decide what to do with the rest of the grant money. He said there will likely be a celebration for the students in January as well as a celebration for community members at the Stevens County Fair next summer. 

Between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26, participants made more than 6.3 million commitments to safe driving in support of more than 3,000 schools. 

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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