Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
SWAG-ER is Students Watching After Gardner-Edgerton Routinely, a highly motivated  group of high school students who decided to put the skills they acquired at a Youth Leadership Summit into practice.
These students decided not only to identified a service project that would benefit high school students and their
families, but one that would also involve and impact the entire Gardner-Edgerton community.
Their project choice? “Celebrate My Drive.”
Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm in 2012 to share the belief that
safe driving is really a lifelong commitment from the start. Jim Camoriano, public affairs spokesman for State Farm, said when parents and family
are involved in encouraging young drivers to make safe driving choices it makes
a difference.
“Share not Scare” is the approach State Farm wants to promote.
During the week of October 18-26, SWAG-ER invites the community to join
and Celebrate My Drive by asking residents to make safe driving commitments on behalf
of the high school. The more commitments made, the greater the chances GEHS could win a grant and possibly a Kelly Clarkson concert.
Celebrate My Drive is open to anyone age 14 and older. To get started you will
need to log on to to register a valid email address and
confirmation of your age. You will be asked to enter your email address, birth date, school state, affiliation (student, teacher, administrator, parent or community member), school city, and school zipcode (66030).
Once registered residents will be able to join the celebration by logging in at on October 18 and making a safe driving commitment. One commitment may be made each day from October 18 – 26.
Participants need not live in the Gardner-Edgerton school
district to participate. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can choose to support Gardner Edgerton High School in their quest to educate students, their families and their community.
Auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America.
Celebrate My Drive will give the community an opportunity to rally around its
young drivers and encourage them to make safe driving choices every time they are behind the wheel.