FAIRBORN — Fairborn High School has won the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition Seat Belt Challenge — with 100 percent of students buckled during the challenge period — for the fourth time in a row.
The district was awarded $500 by the Allstate foundation.
Jillian Drew, a health educator at Greene County Public Health, arrives at all nine of the schools unannounced over a certain period of time, and counts how many students she observes buckled up as they leave the school parking lot for the day.
Fairborn School Resource Officer Jim Hern said during the presentation that he and physical education teacher Jacob Dysinger will monitor the back lot as the school day concludes to ensure that no students are leaving without being buckled. FHS will sit out of the competition next spring but will present the award to the next winning high school.
Greene County Public Health has been conducting the seat belt challenge since 2014 and has made note that student seat belt usage has increased from 83 percent to 95 percent with Fairborn leading the way. Yellow Springs High School demonstrated the most improvement, jumping from 68 to 88 percent. Three crashes were avoided for every 10,000 seat belts used, according to Greene County Public Health.
Beavercreek, Bellbrook and Cedarville high schools tied for second place at 98 percent. The Greene County Career Center and Legacy Christian Academy both earned third place with 94 percent, while Greeneview finished in fourth place with 93 percent. Xenia High School finished in fifth place with 90 percent, while Yellow Springs finished in sixth place with 88 percent.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532.