St. Petersburg, FL (Wednesday, April 24, 2019) – More than 1200 videos created by teens to inspire their peers to drive safely and avoid risky behaviors were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by Toyota and Discovery Education.
Among them was local eleventh grader Caleb K. of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Fla. Caleb’s video, “Don’t Recline Behind the Wheel,“ and the other ten finalist videos can be viewed at teendrive365inschool.com/vote. The public voted for their favorite video through April 23, 2019.
In addition to the People’s Choice winner, several other prize winners – including a Grand Prize of $15,000 – will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, educators, communications experts and Toyota representatives.
Representatives from Discovery and Toyota will be on the Shorecrest campus on April 29, 2019, to honor Caleb on his achievement thus far. Local media is welcome to attend the event in Shorecrest’s Janet Root Theatre at 1:15pm. A campus map and directions may be found here: https://www.shorecrest.org/
The Shorecrest Upper School curriculum is supportive of creativity through a variety of visual arts classes ranging from intro level through AP, among them digital filmmaking. Bill Leavengood (Shorecrest class of 1978) and Richard Rho are Caleb’s teachers for this class for the second year.
About Caleb’s contest entry, Leavengood said, “Caleb is a clever, skillful and self-motivated young filmmaker who always sets out to achieve at a higher level than the class assignment requires.” Bill noted. “I am so impressed how he was able to get a familiar message across in his video submission to TeenDriver365 with such creativity and imagination without making it cliche or didactic.”
“Caleb’s passion and talent are so apparent through his video. He impressed the judges and Toyota representatives across the board.” said Lauren DeNu, Director of Partner Success, Discovery Education. “We had over 1200 entries from a lot of very talented students, but Caleb’s rose the top. It really stood out.”
“Sparking a national conversation about driver safety in schools, the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has empowered students to use their creativity and ingenuity to inspire others to make responsible choices behind the wheel,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.
Toyota TeenDrive365 resources are available at no-cost and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus, which empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom. Visit TeenDrive365.comto learn more about the annual Video Challenge to help promote safe teen driving.
TeenDrive365 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. The program aims to help guide teens through those critical first years behind the wheel, as well as a develop a lifetime of safe driving habits.
Founded in 1923, Shorecrest is a coed, nonsectarian, PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL. In a safe, student-centered environment, Shorecrest educates a diverse community of students to become lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal and academic excellence, physical well-being, creative achievement and the development of a commitment to social responsibility. Shorecrest graduates empathetic, independent thinkers who succeed at the university level, pursue their passions, and lead purposeful lives. Learn more at www.shorecrest.org.
About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K., and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.