Students from Crooms AoIT are hosting kick-off event for distracted driving awareness initiative on April 28th

From SCPS Press Release:

On Wednesday, April 28, a group of Crooms Academy of Information Technology students, called the Reynolds’ Right Hands, will be hosting an event for students and distinguished guests. Crooms AOIT is located at 2200 West 13th Street in Sanford.

Distraction-related fatal car accidents account for 16% of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. according to a statistic found at The highest proportion of these incidents involved drivers under the age of 20 (16% of distraction-related incidents). Distraction-related incidents occur when three states of being are affected—visual, manual, and cognitive. These incidents often occur through the use of a cell phone or other electronic devices.

The Reynolds' Right Hands is a group dedicated in bringing awareness to the dangers of distracted driving practices and to prevent tragedies similar to the recent one experienced at their school. Students from Crooms AOIT, Caroline Smith, Tyler Kraus, Rosemarie Santorelli, Jamie Utt, and Katherine Hindes, started this group following the tragic death of a member of Crooms' staff, Ms. Christy Reynolds. On November 15th of 2009, Ms. Reynolds was killed in a car accident on a local Sanford road leaving behind her daughter Susiann, her beloved family, and the many thousands of lives she touched. It was suspected that a distraction, such as using a cell phone, was a likely factor in the incident. This event opened students’ eyes to these dangers. To honor her life, students of the school created an awareness group dedicating its name to Christy Reynolds with the goal of resolving the problem distracted driving imposes on society at large.

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


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

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.

Also, from May 10-21st, you can vote for our group everyday on the Act Out Loud website at 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)

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