Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills is the winner of both categories in the 2017-18 Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge out of a total 19 Bucks County schools.
The Transportation Management Association of Bucks County announced the results Monday morning. Conwell-Egan Catholic student drivers showed the most frequent use of seatbelts and the greatest percentage improvement through the school year, jumping nine points from 88% of drivers to the final number of 97%.
With the guidance of their teacher Mr. Josh Beauchamp, three students played an appreciably larger role in the promotion of seatbelt use throughout the school. Robert Phinn, Todd Hartman, and Emma Kirby from the EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) program earned themselves trophy plaques and helped their school to win two $500 grants.
TMA Bucks presented the winnings and encourages the school to use the funding to further increase the safety of the school’s students.
“By participating in this challenge, we have gained knowledge behind the wheel and also grew in striving to get people to be the best they can be while driving,” explained Phinn. “We are glad to have such an impact on our school community and the safety of our classmates, friends and staff.”
The initial surveys of students’ use of seatbelts was taken in the fall of 2017 without the knowledge student body or administration. Schools and students then had the entire school year to improve their numbers from the first data collection. Again, without informing students or the administrators, surveys were taken in April and May to determine the final results.