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Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Use It or Lose It High School Seat Belt Challenge Brings Out the Creativity in Cuyahoga County Teens
Date:5/20/2009

Area high schoolers take to the stage at the House of Blues to compete for

highest seat belt use and most creative seat belt messages

CLEVELAND, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Local teens had a chance to showcase their creativity -- and their community spirit -- at the House of Blues at noon on Tuesday, May 19, as Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Use It or Lose It High School Seat Belt Challenge, sponsored by Kohl's, wrapped up with an announcement of the winning schools and performance and screening of entries in a creative messaging contest. In the Use It or Lose It challenge, schools competed to have the highest student seat belt use rates and the biggest change in student seat belt use over the three-week effort for a chance to win cash and prizes. Individual students or groups of students could also compete in three mini-challenges by developing videos, artwork, or songs that spread the buckle up message to other teens. The high-energy event at the House of Blues gave schools the opportunity to show off their hard work and creative thinking in building school spirit around the call to buckle up and drive safe.

Teens have higher crash rates than any other age group, especially in the first year they're licensed. Last year, nearly 17,000 Ohioans aged 14 to 18 were involved in motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers--more than 1,800 of them were injured or killed. Fortunately, there's a quick and easy way to drastically reduce your chances of being hurt or injured in a crash: wear a seat belt. Unfortunately, teens are less likely to buckle up than older drivers. Use It or Lose It is meant to help change that by harnessing the power of teens to influence their peers.

And influence they did! Competition was fierce among the 11 high schools during the three week program, which ran from April 20 through May 8: Bay High School in Bay Village, Bedford High School, Be
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