Marion L. Steele, Avon high school students win awards for buckling up
Nine schools competed in the 2020 Buckle Up Bowl hosted by the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition, which is conducted through Lorain County Public Health. Buckle Up Bowl is a student-led competition that empowers students to impact the driving habits of their classmates, friends, and family. This year, the following high schools participated: Avon, Avon Lake, Columbia, Firelands, Keystone, Marion L. Steele, Midview, Oberlin, and Wellington.
“The Buckle Up Bowl spreads the word about seat belt use because the messages come from the students, for the students,” said David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at Lorain County Public Health. Student led campaigns included videos, social media campaigns and seat belt pledges in an effort to improve the school’s seat belt rate. Typically, observational seat belt surveys are conducted before and after the campaign by Safe Communities Coalition members. This year because of COVID-19, Buckle Up Bowl was done virtually, with students submitting memes, videos, and digital artwork to spread the word about wearing a seat belt to the Safe Communities Coalition to vote on online.
The winners of the 2020 Buckle Up Bowl was the Marion L. Steele Junior and Senior class with their videos on wearing a seat belt – all done at a safe distance. The 2020 Buckle Up Bowl runner-up is Alyssa from Avon High School with their meme, “Seat belts matter! There are no reruns in life!” The winners are awarded a gift card courtesy of the Dominic Zunis Foundation.
A seat belt was not used in 50 percent of fatal crashes on Lorain County roads in 2019. For three decades, the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition has worked to reduce traffic injuries and death on Lorain County roads. Safe Communities Coalition continues to engage people about the importance of safe driving and remind everyone who gets behind the wheel to buckle up every trip, every time.
2020 Buckle Up Bowl
Winner: Marion L. Steele High School Junior & Senior class
Runner-up: Alyssa, Avon High School
All 2020 Buckle Up Bowl entries: