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Participation Requirements 



Participation Requirements
Safety Belt Check/ Education Campaign

  1. Complete and submit the School Participation Agreement Form online before starting the program.
  1. Unannounced Safety Belt Checks – The challenge involves two UNANNOUNCED observations of the student body’s safety belt use. 
  • All safety belt checks should be conducted under the supervision of the designated contact person (a teacher, administrator or adult volunteer).
  • The first safety belt check should be conducted at the start of the campaign before any educational efforts have started.
  • The second check should take place after all educational efforts are finished.

The results of the observations will be an indicator of the effectiveness of the Battle of the Belt challenge. These safety belt checks are mandatory and must be completed by the school. Results should reflect only the student’s usage of safety belts, not adults or young children in the car. If it is determined the safety belt check was announced to the students beforehand, it will disqualify the school from the competition.

  1. Inclement weather - Do not conduct safety belt checks in the rain or snow! It is dangerous for both the students and drivers because the vision of both the drivers and the checkers is impaired. Therefore plan your safety belt checks for early in the week and make a backup date for later in the week in case of bad weather.
  1. Education campaign - The team conducting the competition should implement a four-week awareness campaign to increase the use of safety belts in their schools. This campaign may include the use of any of the resources listed in the Resource Kit or resources and activities created and produced by the school. The activities do not have to be on the school property and may include activities at school functions held elsewhere. Each school should submit a campaign outline detailing resources and activities used during the campaign using the “Campaign Outline” form.  Outlines must be submitted along with the results of the safety belt checks online by December 15, 2009.


Participation Requirements
PSA (video) Contest

  1. Complete and submit the School Participation Agreement Form online before starting the program.

  2. Complete and submit the PSA Entry Form online, print and include a copy with each submission.  Please mail your public service announcement by December 15, 2009.

The PSA should be a maximum of 30 seconds in length. Participants may enter as many PSA’s as they like. Teachers may act as mentors for entrants, providing direction and supervision, as long as the entry is solely a student effort.

The public service announcement may be created any time between October 5 and November 20, 2009 as part of Battle of the Belt. Entries will be accepted in the following formats: VHS, DVD, CD.


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