23 October 2017
BURNSVILLE, Mn (October 23, 2017) - In recognition of Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15th -21st), AAA - The Auto Club Group is awarding $300 mini-grants totaling approximately $5,000 to various Minnesota high schools who applied for funding to enhance teen driving in their communities. 

“Teen drivers are among our most vulnerable roadway users due in large part to their inexperience,” stated Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs, AAA - The Auto Club Group.  “Not unlike their older counterparts, they also drive distracted and speed, but they worsen their circumstances by being the least likely group to buckle up.”

The mini-grants allowed schools to determine what activities, programs or events would best help their communities.  Some of the differing ideas included programs focused on preventing distracted driving, encouraging seat belt use, purchasing special signage and supporting mock car crashes.

Checks will be presented in November and those high schools receiving the funds are:
BOLD High School- Olivia
Canby High School- Canby
Century High School- Rochester
Chanhassen High School- Chanhassen
Eagan High School- Eagan
East Ridge High School- Woodbury
Lakeville South High School- Lakeville
Maple River Secondary School- Mapleton
Minnehaha Academy- Mendota Heights
Osakis High School- Osakis
Prior Lake High School- Prior Lake
Rochester Lourdes High School- Rochester
Sauk Centre Secondary School- Sauk Centre
Shakopee High School- Shakopee
St. Cloud Cathedral High School- St. Cloud
Tri-City High School- Montgomery   

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About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57.7 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.