State Farm Gives Western Hills $10,000 to Teach Safe Driving Techniques


State farm west hiWestern Hills University High School and GRAD Cincinnati are recipients of a $10,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to promote teen driver safety. This is the second year that Western Hills has received the grant.

The grant will help cover the cost of the AAA Driving School classes offered during the after-school program, Destination: Success, which is managed by GRAD Cincinnati.

In Ohio, drivers under the age of 18 must take driver education courses to receive a driver's license. Many driver education courses cost around $400, a price tag that many students cannot afford. With the help of State Farm, a majority of the cost for the AAA Driving School classes are covered, making them more affordable. Instead of having to wait until the age of 18 to obtain a license in order to avoid the cost of driving school, students can receive valuable instruction now — equipping them with proper safe driving techniques and lowering insurance premiums. In 2014, 34 Western Hills students were able to complete driving school with assistance from State Farm.

In addition to the 24 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of in-car instruction, students enrolled in the after-school driver education program are expected to maintain a 2.3 GPA, attend teacher help nights before each driving class and fulfill 20 hours of community service. Students also are required to attend one of two workshops (auto insurance or driver diversion) with a parent/guardian to increase parent engagement, and to ensure that students and parents are safe drivers.