The La Monte FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) participated in the Team Spirit Reunion in Jefferson City March 4-5 where they were named the Team of the Year by the Missouri Department of Transportation and received a proclamation from the governor recognizing their efforts to save lives and prevent traffic injuries in their school and community.
The members presenting the project were Emily Blackburn, Brittany Green and Savannah Perez. Jolee VanBooven also attended the Reunion. The other members of the FCCLA chapter helped with the monthly activities.
The La Monte FCCLA worked hard this year promoting traffic safety in their community. Some of the activities included: painting “Buckle Up” logos on the streets near the school; planning a Traffic Safety Awareness Day for the school which consisted of a mock accident, Highway Patrol presentation, a presentation from Kaylie of THINK First, a Quick Click challenge in the parking lot, testing and driving scenarios, an assembly given by the FCCLA members, and a pledge banner for the students to sign stating that they would not text and drive; surprise seat belt checks, safety habits survey, texting and driving bulletin boards and candy notes about safe driving in February and March with plans for more in April near prom.
Team Spirit is a statewide program sponsored by MoDOT ‘s Safety Division committed to developing natural leadership skills in teens. The Cape Girardeau Safe Communities staff co-coordinates the training , which challenges students to explore knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to driving habits among their peers.
After an initial training session in the summer, Team Spirit teams create and implement action plans addressing underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention, and promoting seat belt use through activities implemented with their schools and communities. The one and a half day Reunion provides the teams the opportunity to share ideas with other teams and to gain knowledge.
“Fatal crashed can and do happen to teens every day,” said Leanna Depue, Director of the Highway Safety Office for MoDOT. “By working together, Team Spirit members create positive changes within their schools and communities.” Team Spirit is available to all communities in Missouri.