Toyota winners help teens in Connecticut, Alabama be better drivers

School teachers from Connecticut and Alabama won the Toyota Teen Driver Educators' Challenge today, Toyota and Discovery Education said in a joint announcement this evening.

U.S. high school teachers were told to develop three 90-minute project-based driving safety lessons for their students students. The winning lessons are safe teen driving public-service announcements for the winners’ schools and communities.

“Toyota is dedicated to saving the lives of teen drivers, and recognizes the critical role that educators and schools can play in their awareness of safe driving behaviors,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president, national philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation.

“With Discovery Education, we congratulate the winners of the Toyota Teen Driver Educators’ Challenge and all those who participated for their commitment to safety.”

This year’s grand prize winner is Nick Aprea, Seymour Public Schools, a teacher at Seymour High School in Seymour, Conn. The first-place winner is Gina McCarley, a teacher for Lawrence County High School, Moulton, Ala.

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