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Building Better Drivers

Grant helps further Museum’s mission of education

Andy Bolig - February 19, 2014 12:05 PM

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We are committed to keeping young drivers safe and are pleased to support the efforts of the National Corvette Museum

In an effort to further drivers’ educational programming at the National Corvette Museum, State Farm has awarded the Museum with a 2014 Grant.

The Museum plans to utilize the $14,000 grant to furnish classrooms, purchase necessary technology and provide a golf cart for teen driving courses and other drivers’ education classes to be held at the new NCM Motorsports Park.

Kellie Steen, Education & Community Events Coordinator at the National Corvette Museum, is ecstatic about the State Farm Grant and the further development of the classes. Steen focused the grant application on drivers’ safety and further explained the potential use of the grant.

“Each of our courses have different activities.  Some are in classroom settings, some are hands-on instruction and others are conducted on simulators,” said Steen. “The grant money will be put to excellent use in helping to furnish a classroom in the NCM Motorsports Park Control Tower, at which these clinics will be held.  New tables, chairs, laptop, projector screen and a golf cart will be purchased with the State Farm Grant money to make auto and teen driver safety an even more popular experience, and allow our teens to become more experienced drivers.”

State Farm provides grants in three areas: safety, community development and education. The National Corvette Museum provides numerous courses in regards to teen driver education, auto and roadway safety, which are values that State Farm directs funding towards with their grants.

“State Farm knows that vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for young people,” said Patrick Warren, Vice President of Agency/Sales for State Farm. “That’s why we promote programs like Celebrate My Drive. We are committed to keeping young drivers safe and are pleased to support the efforts of the National Corvette Museum.”

The National Corvette Museum hosts several programs for teen drivers. Some popular courses offered include Car Control and Situational Awareness Clinics geared towards those with permits and newly licensed drivers; Street Survival, offering hands-on experience in-car; Powder Puff Mechanics, designed to help attendees be more knowledgeable about their car; and many others. All classes are limited in size, which means courses offered often fill up quickly--some even with waiting lists.

Each year students benefit from the courses that are offered and leave with the tools to be safe, careful, aware and well-prepared drivers. Expanding these courses is now possible with the generosity of State Farm. Upcoming drivers’ clinics and information on programs offered is available at www.corvettemuseum.org/simulators.

 

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