Mallorie Church is a sophomore at Tescott High School where she is a member of the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) program. As a freshman, Church looked into the program and realized it was something she would enjoy being part of. Helping other students and being part of a group that helps save lives was a big reason Church wanted to devote some of her time to the program.
“I first started being a safe member last year as a freshman,” said Church.
The SAFE program is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen restraint compliance through education, positive rewards and enforcement. Church said she got involved because she wanted to help her fellow students.
“I love knowing that by teaching kids now to wear their seatbelt could save their lives or a loved ones now or in the future,” said Church.
Church is involved in other activities at Tescott High School. She is a member of the varsity basketball team and volleyball team. She also runs track and is involved in cheer. Playing sports and being involved in school activities is important to Church. She said it’s a priority of hers to help educate her peers on safety issue and the importance of seatbelts. Once she adds high school graduate to her list of accomplishments, Church plans to attend college and possibly playing sports at the next level.
“I think it helps students be aware of the safety of seatbelts,” said Church. “After high school I plan on attending college.”
Away from school and sports you can usually find Church spending time outside and hanging out with friends and family.
The sophomore said the SAFE program is a great way to get involved in your community and do something to help keep other students safe and make them aware of the dangers of driving without a seatbelt. She offers this advice to anyone who may want to join the SAFE team at Tescott High School.
“I would tell them what we do why we do it and how much fun it is saving lives,” said Church.
Congratulations to Mallorie Church for being named this month’s KDOT SAFE Program Student of the Month.