Mustangs wrangle $25,000 for Celebrate My Drive

News photo by Emily Thiel
News photo by Emily Thiel
News photo by Emily Thiel
News photo by Emily Thiel

Students at Governor Mifflin High School were surprised last week with a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for Celebrate My Drive.

According to their website, Celebrate My Drive began in 2012 “to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment.”

The school and community participated in the drive, pledging online that they will practice safe driving.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the students and staff were released into the football stadium for what they were told was a celebration of American Education Week. The school’s Mustang mascot was especially eager about the surprise, jumping in while Principal John Althouse was addressing the class.


The Mustang mimed driving and got the class’ attention throwing fake dollar bills up into the air. Althouse revealed the surprise -- the school won $25,000! -- as a convertible drove up the track. Shillington State Farm Insurance agent June Houck emerged to present Governor Mifflin with the $25,000 check.

Governor Mifflin was only one our of six schools in the state to receive the grant; over 3,500 schools participated in the campaign nationwide.

Only the top 100 schools nationwide received grants.

According to the Celebrate My Drive rules, 10 percent of the $25,000 grant must be used for continued safe-driving education. Althouse will invite the students to help decide how to spend the remainder of the money.

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Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.