NASRO AND NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE 4th ANNUAL "INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM" AWARD
Winner gets free registration & travel to NASRO Conference in Orlando and $1,000 in SRO's name to PD for traffic safety education
NEW YORK, April 10, 2012 – NASRO is partnering again with The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) to encourage innovation in teaching young people about traffic safety, as the 4th annual "Innovation in the Classroom" award program begins. The award recognizes an SRO who is doing outstanding work teaching young people in the classroom about traffic safety and driver education.
The winning SRO will get free registration and travel to the NASRO National Conference in Orlando in July, and a $1,000 honorarium will be donated by NRSF in the SRO's name to his or her police department, to be used in support of traffic safety education efforts in local schools. The winner will be announced at the NASRO National Conference, and the winner will present the winning lesson or program as part of the SRO Course Seminar.
Criteria for the award are:
* SRO has employed new and/or innovative ways to engage students inunderstanding safe driving messages.
* The techniques and/or resources can be easily adapted for use in schools by other school resource officers.
Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013. Complete contest details and entry information can be viewed at www.nasro.org.
"The National Road Safety Foundation is pleased to support this program to stimulate excellence and innovation in driver education,” said David Reich, public relations director for NRSF, a non-profit organization that for more than 50 years has been producing and distributing free traffic safety teaching and training programs for use throughout the U.S. “Through this program, innovative teaching ideas will be shared with the broader SRO and driver education community."
Past winners include Officer Michael Clower of the Fargo, ND PD last year, Officer Charles "Chip" Yeaton of the Canton, Mass. PD, and, last year, Officer Rachel Jordan of the Fargo, ND PD.
Some 37,000 people are killed every year in traffic crashes, including roughly 5,000 teens, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.
"We are pleased that the NRSF is continuing to work with NASRO to encourage innovative and effective classroom instruction on traffic safety," said Mo Canady, executive director of NASRO. "Knowledge, coupled with practice, is key to having safer roads as young people learn to drive. We encourage our members to participate in this program to share good teaching ideas."
NRSF has teaching programs on distracted driving, speed and aggression, driving under the influence, drowsy driving and driver proficiency. All programs, which are free, include films, discussion guides and ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations. Free materials can be downloaded from www.nrsf.org or materials can be ordered online or by calling 1-866-SAFEPATH.
The application for the award is located under the "Members Only" tab at the top of this page.