Grant Funding Awarded for Project Prom, Graduation Lock-In Events

SIKESTON – The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety has awarded grant funding for project prom and graduation events at 39 schools across the district. Schools were recently awarded $200 for student lock-in events. Funding assists with event expenses such as location rental, food, or entertainment. Schools will also receive roadway safety educational items to share with students.

To be eligible, schools must include a presentation or activity educating students on highway safety issues during the lock-in or the week of the event. With traffic fatalities on the rise, safety education is critical to reducing serious injuries and deaths on Missouri’s roadways. Schools are choosing to educate students in a variety of ways including presentations and programs by the local law enforcement, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Safe and Sober, and docudramas.

“We are so grateful to be a recipient of the grant. In order to make project graduation a success, it takes lots of activities and planning. We feel very strongly seniors need to be educated on a variety of roadway safety concerns as they venture into adulthood. There are so many distractions and opportunities for them to make choices, they need to be educated on how to make the correct ones,” says Amber Scudder, parent and co-coordinator of Thomas W. Kelly High School project graduation. 

To view the complete list of grant winners, please visit

For additional information, contact Southeast Coalition Representative 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:


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