SIKESTON – The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering grant funding to local schools that choose student lock-in events for Project Prom or High School graduation. Qualifying schools will receive $200 each to assist with event expenses such as location rental, food or entertainment.
“These supervised events provide a safe, fun environment for students to celebrate their special event with friends,” said Southeast District Traffic Engineer Craig Compas. “Lives can be changed in seconds by a bad decision like drinking and driving. We want these special events and milestones to be filled with good memories and unmarred by tragedy.”
Compas explained that many substance-impaired drivers are under the age of 21.
The Southeast Coalition will be accepting grant applications now through February 7. Interested schools and/or their sponsors can obtain applications by visiting https://www.modot.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022%20Grant%20Application_3.pdf. Event must include a presentation or activity educating students on highway safety issues within their night’s agenda. Funding is available for up to 40 local schools.
For additional information, contact Southeast Coalition Coordinator Ashley Metelski at (573) 472-5885 or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636), or visit the Southeast Coalition’s website at: https://www.savemolives.com/mcrs/Southeast-Region.