URGENT: Tell the Florida House About Ms. Reynolds and Ex The Text!

NEED YOUR ACTION TODAY AND TOMORROW; FORWARD THIS ALONG IF YOU CAN

The Florida Senate has passed a ban on texting while driving, but the bill has stalled in the House. Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, chairwoman of the House Finance and Tax Council, is attempting to kill the bill in committee. With the legislative session ending on Friday, it looks like she will very well succeed.

As you remember, our friend and teacher Ms. Christy Reynolds was killed in car accident in late 2009. Her daughter and niece were seriously injured in the crash as well. It is suspected that the driver that hit them was texting. It is time to send a message that distracted driving is dangerous. Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Under the proposed law, texting while driving would be banned and would be a secondary offensive. This means if you are pulled for for speeding or some other primary offense, you could be ticketed for texting as well. The idea is to send a message that distracted driving is bad!

Help us get House Bill 0041/SB448 to the floor by contacting Speaker Cretul, Chairwoman Bogdanoff, Representative Cannon, and Representative Weatherford.

First, and foremost, please call at least one of the following offices and let them know you want an up or down vote on House Bill 0041/Senate Bill 448, better known as the "Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law". Calling is vital! If you cannot get through, leave a message

Speaker Cretul - (850) 488-1450
Chairwoman Bogdanoff - (850) 488-0635 (this is the Chairwoman that will not let the bill out of committee)
Representative Cannon - (850) 488-2742
Representative Weatherford - (850) 488-5744

Once you call (call once a day until the end of session on Friday), please also send an e-mail by visiting

http://www.croomsalumni.com/email

Thanks for your help!

The Reynolds' Right Hands Program needs our help

Students at Crooms are taking on the challenge of outlawing cell phone use while driving. As a response to the tragic loss of our beloved teacher, Christy Reynolds, in the fall, students have woken up to the dangers of distracted driving. Car accidents are the #1 cause of teen death in the US, with distracted driving a factor in 80% of these crashes.

The Reynolds' Right Hands is a group of Crooms students causing change in the community and also competing in a national competition for action against distracted driving, called Act Out Loud, sponsored by the National Organization for Youth Safety and Allstate. Our team includes Caroline S., Tyler K., Rosemarie S., Jamie U., and Kat H. Our action plan includes:

  • A proclamation against distracted driving, recently accepted by
    Seminole County Public Schools' School Board.
  • A "Letters to the Legislators" Campaign, where they mailed over 150 letters and will continue soliciting letters
  • A public service announcement (1.5 minute video) created and posted on our Facebook page. This will show on SGTV and at all SCPS high schools in May
  • A Distracted Driving Awareness Event at Crooms in May
  • Support for all SCPS high schools to develop awareness projects in May
  • Affect change in the law and in public perception about distracted driving
  • A "Get the vote out" campaign for the Act Outloud Contest

Croomies and friends, we need your help to win in the Act Out Loud
contest. All you have to do is become a fan of us on Facebook and keep updated with what we post on our fanpage. You can find our page just by using this link or by searching Reynolds' Right Hands in Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reynolds-Right-Hands-Act-Out-Loud-2010/101...

Also, from May 10-21st, you can vote for our group everyday on the Act Out Loud website at http://www.actoutloud.org. Please spread the word and let all of your friends and family know what it is we're up to! Together, we can save lives!

Thank you for your support of our students and this worthy cause. Please forward this message on to ALL your friends and families to get the word out.

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Crooms' Bradford Barsalou Named Seminole County 2011 Teacher of the Year

The good news for Crooms faculty just keeps on comin'! Last year Dr. Connie Collins was named the Principle of the Year for Seminole County and this year History and American Government teacher Bradford Barsalou was named Seminole County's 2011 Teacher of the Year.


Here is part of the announcement from the press release:

On the evening of April 1, 2010, at the annual Teacher of the Year recognition program, Bradford Barsalou was named the Seminole County 2011 Teacher of the Year, to serve during the 2010-2011 school year. Mr. Barsalou, now in his 8th year of teaching, is a Social Studies teacher at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Sanford, Florida. The students he teaches throughout the day take such courses as Advanced Placement (AP) US Government & Politics, AP World History, Economics Honors, World History, and Leadership Skills. (read more)

Students Compete in Contest to Honor Ms. Christy Reynolds and they need your help!

Students Compete in Contest to Honor Ms. Christy Reynolds and they need your help!

Just received word that a team of the current Croomies qualified as one of the top 20 teams in the country for the National Youth Safety/Allstate "Act Out Loud" Competition. The competition is a way for high schoolers to develop project proposals to make the roads a safer place to drive. Their proposal involved limits on text messaging - as it was revealed the driver that hit Ms. Reynolds was likely text messaging during the accident. The proposal highlights Ms. Reynolds as well.

After making it to the top 20, the group now needs our help. If you can join their Facebook page, that would be great!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reynolds-Right-Hands-Act-Out-Loud-2010/101...

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