The Newport High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsored Safer Teen Driver- The Arkansas Battle of the Belt. The campaign was to encourage teens to buckle up, and don’t text and drive. The NHS campaign began on September 13th and ended on November 1st.

According to the website, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes began in 1954 and has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel. 

            NHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes consists of Huddle Captains which divided into teams for the campaign. These captains were in charge of organizing and orchestrating the campaign. The Huddle Captains were Senior Julius Pruitt and Sophomore Katie Lucas.  Pruitt’s additional teammates were Alex Emery and Chloe Hardaway. Katie Lucas’s additional teammates were Olivia Nunemaker and Tyler Johnson.

            The campaign kicked off on September 13th with pre-observations. Each team took a section of campus and monitored the number of drivers not wearing seatbelts and those possibly texting while driving. On September 17th, the teams created posters and places them throughout the Technical Science Building to promote awareness of the campaign. September 24th, SRO Donnie Schulz spoke to the student body about the importance of seat belts and not texting while driving. He shared the statistics on accidents and fatalities associated with the behaviors.  

On October 1st, the Newport Police Department was invited to present to the high school information concerning the campaign, penalties and laws, associated with not wearing a seatbelt, as well as cell phone use in the vehicle. “Room to Live” was shown during lunch on October 8th. The school website was linked to a web address for parents to read and become familiar with the campaign.

At the end of the campaign, the teams completed a post-observation hoping the numbers of seat belt usage would be higher and no texting. The goal to make our teenagers, school, and community a safer place to live. All statistics collected during the campaign were sent to Little Rock to be compiled and published. “We would love to do this again, because it brings awareness to how important it is to be safe while driving,” states FCA sponsor Coach Ben Reynolds.