Updated: February 21, 2013 6:16AM
Oak Forest High School recently was chosen for the fourth consecutive year to receive the 2012-13 Operation Teen Safe Driving Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Ford Motor Co.
Last year, the school took first place among the 10 schools in its region for the “Bengals Always Drive Safe!” program. As a result, the school won additional grant money to implement post-prom activities.
This year’s theme, “Drive Wise Bengals!”, continues through February, ending with a report to IDOT in March. As a part of the grant, the school was awarded $2,000 to implement a peer-led teen safe-driving program, which encourages awareness of seat belt safety, DUIs, distracted driving and other concerns.
Oak Forest High School was once again one of 10 high schools in the region to receive the grant. Selected schools have the opportunity to receive an additional monetary prize to use toward post-prom activities depending on the size, scope and creativity of the teen-led program.
Winning schools also are invited to attend a Ford Motor Co. Fund program to learn driving techniques and skills from professional drivers.