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“Take 5 to Stay Alive” Student Winners Honored for Safety Message Work

Red Carpet event held on Thursday, April 24. Photo credit Johanna Lang. Red Carpet event held on Thursday, April 24. Photo credit Johanna Lang.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Student winners of the first annual Take 5 to Stay Alive - Don't Text & Drive video PSA awards will be honored today at The School Board of Broward County, Florida meeting. High school students from across Broward County were asked to produce and submit their best interpretation of the message Take 5 to Stay Alive - Don't Text & Drive, in a 30-second public service announcement. In all, 15 videos were submitted by students and schools and judged by a panel of experts, in a variety of categories. Three winners were selected.

Take 5 to Stay Alive is a public education campaign designed to bring awareness to a growing safety concern: the risks of texting and driving. BECON-TV, in partnership with Broward County, Broward Regional EMS Council, Broward Health, Memorial Health Care, Plantation Fire Department, Sunrise Fire-Rescue Department and Homestead-Miami Speedway, launched the first inaugural video contest to engage high school students in creating messages for safe driving.

"It is a tremendous responsibility that we help get the message out to youth about the dangers of texting and driving," said School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, who served as a judge for the contest. "This video competition was a great opportunity for Broward students to creatively get the message out to their peers."

BECON-TV General Manager, Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon stated, "We are elated that the students from all three schools will have their videos broadcast on BECON-TV. The videos were also presented at a red carpet opening at the Cinemark 24 movie theater on April 24, 2014."

The winners will receive trophies, gift cards and a variety of other prizes provided by sponsors. Teachers of the winning students will receive Replay XD cameras, and their schools will receive cash prizes for investments in new equipment.

Homestead-Miami Speedway will recognize the students during Ford Championship Weekend later this year. Students will receive tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, as well as have their video featured during pre-race ceremonies. The programís spokesperson, Gabby Chaves is a championship race car driver on the Indy Lites circuit. He is also a Western High School honors graduate living in Weston.

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