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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Pledge to drive safely, help school win $100,000

  • Harrisburg driver's education teacher Richard Dwyer asks Harrisburg residents to participate in an online program through State Farm Insurance that could result in significant grant money to the school.
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  • Harrisburg driver's education teacher Richard Dwyer asks Harrisburg residents to participate in an online program through State Farm Insurance that could result in significant grant money to the school.
    Those who would like to help may access the Web site www.celebratemydrive.com, provide an e-mail address, date of birth, school they represent and answer a short list of teen safe driving questions.
    The questions are essentially a pledge made to observe driving safety.
    Schools throughout the nation are ranked by number of responses and Harrisburg High School is rapidly climbing the ranks.
    "The rank this morning was 541. Now it's 298," Dwyer said Wednesday afternoon.
    "The kids have been doing it all day. Teacher are letting the kids do it in class."
    By the end of the interview there were 394 commitments and the school was ranked 288.
    The top two schools will get a visit from Kelly Clarkson to the high school. The top 10 get $100,000. The top 90 get $25,000 grants.
    Anyone over age 14 can vote.
    People have through Oct. 26 to vote.
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