Bennington High School junior Jasey Downing is a four-sport student-athlete and a member of the SAFE club. For Downing, being a member is important as she helps raise awareness on the importance of wearing your seatbelt.
“My participation in SAFE is raising awareness throughout the community to wear your seatbelt and to not be a distracted driver. We use seatbelt checks to gather data to see if our awareness is helping improve over time. I am involved because I would like to be a part of a change in this area and make a difference for our future,” said Downing.
Giving back to her community and school sets an example for younger students to follow.
“I feel it is important to give back and try to better the community by raising awareness of the dangers of not wearing your seatbelt or becoming a distracted driver. We want to set examples for our younger kids so the problem will die down over the years,” said Downing.
In sports, Downing love to compete and she loves who she competes with.
“I love that my teammates and I, no matter what the sport, are always a family and are always there for each other whether it’s support in or out of sports,” Downing said.
SAFE is a statewide program supported by the Kansas Department of Transportation