We care about you and your safety. Today, Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry and other Charles County Sheriff’s officers shared this message with student drivers as they arrived at Thomas Stone High School.
Today marks year 12 for the We Care campaign, a partnership between Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Sheriff’s Office that focuses on teen driver safety.
As student drivers arrived at Stone, they received a warm welcome and safe driving reminder. Stone Principal Shanif Pearl said she has about 80 student drivers and was excited to welcome them to school today with a safety message. Each student driver was greeted by either Dr. Hill, Sheriff Berry, their school principal, Pfc. Lewis Payne, who serves as the school resource officer at Stone, or another officer and received a flier containing safe-driving tips and the annual We Care message.
“The We Care campaign started more than a decade ago to get students involved in a conversation about driving. Teens are our most vulnerable drivers due to inexperience. We Care raises awareness through school assemblies and activities that provide solutions to prevent teen deaths on the road,” Berry said.
“We care about each and every one of our students. We want you to be safe and remember not to text and drive, wear that seatbelt and avoid distractions when you are behind the wheel,” Hill said.
During the first few weeks of a new school year, Hill joins Berry and other officers to pass out fliers to student drivers. Additional officers team up with the SROs at all other high schools to greet students and pass out safety fliers.
Throughout the school year, SROs hold seatbelt checks and monitor student drivers to ensure they are following the rules of the road.
“We continue to promote safe driving because we care about our young drivers,” Berry said.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.