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2017-10-24

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DEBUT “MOVE OVER” VIDEO AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

MARTINSVILLE, Va.  – The Virginia State Police debuted Tuesday (Oct. 24) a new safety video highlighting the “Move Over” law, which will be featured this weekend during the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Martinsville Speedway.

“With the dramatic increase in overall traffic deaths (12%) this year in Virginia, it’s important to remember we all have a role in safety on the roads,” said Captain Richard Denney, Salem Division Commander. “Buckling up, putting down the cell phone and never driving while intoxicated should already be part of every driver’s safety routine, and we hope moving over for emergency vehicles will become second nature as well.”

Each day, first responders and highway safety workers across the Commonwealth take on the dangerous task of patrolling and maintaining our highways. Over the past decade (2007-2016), 127 law enforcement officers nationwide have been struck and killed by a vehicle while working along the roadside.*

“Our highway crews put their lives on the line in work zones every day while working to improve travel for motorists in Virginia,” said Lisa Hughes, VDOT Residency Engineer, Martinsville. “They often have only a 12-pound cone separating them from traffic, so motorists who move over when approaching a work zone greatly impacts their safety on the job and their ability to go home to their families at the end of the day.”

Virginia’s “Move Over” law was enacted in 2002 in an effort to protect the men and women committed to safeguarding our highways. It requires drivers to change lanes or, when not able to safely do so, cautiously pass a stopped emergency vehicle, highway work truck or tow truck with flashing red, blue or amber lights.

Filmed in partnership with the Virginia State Police Association, Virginia Department of Transportation, Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, this new video is the centerpiece of a renewed emphasis to heighten awareness of Virginia’s #MoveOver campaign by State Police.

*National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Petersburg Breakfast Rotarians Help Jackson-Feild

Members of the Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club drove down 95 October 19th to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services in Jarratt to volunteer services to replace a split rail fence.

The old fence served its purpose well but was in need of replacement. The Rotarians efforts were organized by Dean Freeburn. Larry Pair, Jackson-Feild’s Director of Plant Services, secured the fencing materials and had them ready for deployment.

The Rotary volunteers arrived ready to go and worked with precision until the new fence was installed. The Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club has supported Jackson-Feild and the children it serves financially and has conducted a number of “hands on” volunteer project to improve its campus over the years.  The new fence will serve Jackson-Feild for years to come.

The children and staff of Jackson-Feild are grateful for the efforts and support of the Petersburg Breakfast Club Rotarians.

"The Choice Bus" Spreads Message of Educational Hope to Virginia Students State Farm® Fueling "Stay in School" Tour 2017

Jodi Kane-Assistant Principal, Kelly Jones-teacher, Peggy Malone-State > Farm Agent, Sharon Randolph-teacher and the two presenters from the > Mattie C Stewart Foundation. Over 130 students attended the seminar and bus. Also in attendance where Principal of High School Lameka Harrison; School Superintendent Angela Wilson and several school board members saw the presentation and the bus, all were very impressed.

VIRGINIA-Nearly 500 students from Greensville County High and E. W. Wyatt Middle Schools boarded The Choice Bus thanks to a collaboration between StateFarm® and The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation.  Students received a first hand look at what education can bring-at least $1 million over a person's lifetime if they graduate from college.  The half-prison cell, half classroom converted  schoolbus, which visually portrays two different life perspectives visited students Tuesday, October  17 and Wednesday,  October 18. The bus is one of six tools created by The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation devoted to helping reduce the dropout rate in the United States. Since 2008, The Choice Bus has visited more than 2,000,000 students in 21 states.

"When students board the Choice Bus, they get to experience what life is actually like from two   different points of view. It helps students dig deep into thinking about their futures based on  the decisions they will make. Connecting education to future lifetime earning potential and career goals is what we strive to encourage," saidSherri Stewart, executive director of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation.

Through a grant provided by State Farm, The Choice Bus visits schools along with the Learn2Earn Booklet and the lnsideOut Toolkit. Learn2Earn, a financial literacy curriculum, was created by the foundation to help educators teach students about the importance of understanding the world of finance, such as budgeting, taxes, creditcards, loans,etc.

The lnsideOut Toolkit consists of a Teacher’s Guide, a Stay in School Pledge Card and the lnsideOut documentary -a 26-minute DVD that exposes the true-life story of prison inmates and the long-term consequences that dropping out of school has caused. The documentary and companion Teacher's  Guide have been  used in classrooms and community centers in 49 states and Canada and viewed by an estimated  15,000,000 students, parents and community leaders.

"The Choice Bus has impacted thousands of lives." saidMichal Brower, StateFarm Insurance public  affairs specialist. "It has been an honor to be proud partners with The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and see a difference in the way our schools and communities feel about education. We believe that students now understand that their futures are based on the consequences of every decision they make."

State Farm and the MCSF have teamed up for the last four years to proudly bring The Choice Bus to Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, NewYork, South Carolina, Texas and additional State  Farm territories. State Farm is determined to strive higher in all areas of helping students to stay connected to education and helping to build more education-focused environments.

Dr. Shelley Stewart, founder and president of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, said, "We are proud to work with State Farm to spread the message of education to Virginia.  Illustrating to students the uncut vision of what poor choices leads to can help them think about their actions. Our mission is to continue spreading the power of education to our youth across the nation."

To learn more about The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation and The Choice Bus, visit www.mattiecstewart.org.

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