February 24, 2016 

Safe Fleet Expands Grant Program to Help Communities Prevent Bullying

BELTON, MO (February 24th, 2016) – Safe Fleet, the leading provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, and its subsidiaries are expanding their nationwide “United Against Bullying” Grant program to offer up to $55,000 in grant funding for anti-bullying education and awareness initiatives empowering youth. The grant application process opens today and will continue through June 30th, 2016. Funds will be distributed to successful applicants who present the best action plans and strategies to address bullying in their communities and prevent abusive behavior. 

“Last year, when we launched the United Against Bullying campaign, the Grant program was a great success and had a big impact on students”, says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “We received over 65 applications from school transportation departments across the United States and Canada. Each of them proposed great educational plans and initiatives rewarding positive student behavior, supporting emotionally distressed young people and training school bus drivers to prevent bullying. The success of the program inspired us to reinforce our commitment and offer grant funding to not only school communities, but other organizations working on bullying prevention and designing respectful communities”.

As part of the United Against Bullying campaign, 2016 Grant program will be open for applications from the official Pink Shirt Day, February 24th, until June 30th.  To be eligible for funding, applicants have to present a clear action plan or strategies to prevent bullying in their communities and engage youth. Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries will present grant awards to winning school districts and organizations for the implementation of their anti-bullying programs and staff training. Safe Fleet will also entertain any applications to provide fleet safety equipment such as video cameras and recording systems to address bullying on-board the school bus or improve overall student safety.

The application form and detailed information about the Grant awards can be found on the official site of the United Against Bullying program at www.unitedagainstbullying.net

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, truck and trailer, utility, and industrial.  With 1,000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit www.safefleet.net.       

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For more information about this release please contact:

Lori Jetha
Marketing Manager, Seon (a Safe Fleet Brand)

November 10, 2015 

Safe Fleet Announces the United Against Bullying Grant and Coloring Contest Winners

BELTON, MO (November 10th, 2015) –  Safe Fleet revealed the winners of the 2015 United Against Bullying Grant and Coloring Contest at the annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Richmond, VA. 

The anti-bullying Grant program was held from August 1st until October 15th, 2015. Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries reviewed over 65 applications from school transportation departments across the United States and Canada. Each department proposed their own education plan or program to help reward positive student behavior, support emotionally distressed students, train bus drivers to prevent bullying, and teach empathy and compassion in school environment.

“We thank all school districts who applied for the grant.  Their submissions included some amazing ideas for building a safer environment for children,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “We were impressed by so many inspiring anti-bullying programs and are happy to provide some tools and funds to support their efforts.” 

The 2015 anti-bullying Grant recipients:

Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Spotsylvania, Virginia
Elkhart Community Schools, Elkhart, IN
Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR
School of Excellence in Education, San Antonio, TX
Minnesauke Elementary School, Three Village Central School District, East Setauket, NY
Isle of Wight County Schools, Smithfield, VA
Marietta City Schools, Marietta, GA
Southern Huntingdon County School District, Three Springs, PA
Nevada Department of Education, Las Vegas, NV
Glendale Elementary School District No.40, Glendale, AZ
Luther L Wright K12 School, Ironwood, MI
Pottsville School District, Pottsville, AR
Orangewood Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA
Yuma Union High School, Yuma, AZ
Flowing Wells Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
Puget Sound ESD, Pacific, WA

In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, Safe Fleet held Part 2 of their annual Coloring Contest. The competition was a great success with over 2,000 submitted entries. The company is hopeful that students and community members will continue working on their own initiatives to eliminate bullying.

Based on creativity, coloring skill, and overall artistic abilities, Safe Fleet’s anti-bullying committee selected winners in three age categories:

  1. 5–7 years old – Ricardo Alanis, 7 years old, from Desert View Academy, Arizona
  2. 8-10 years old – Lilliana Dawson, 8 years old, from Osolo Elementary, Indiana
  3. 11 years and older – Caitlin Tynanes, 12 years old, from Kapolei Middle School, Hawaii

“Our entire team was inspired by the students’ creativity: there is so much positive energy and heart in each work!” says Bob Parks, Vice President Human Resources at Safe Fleet. “The coloring contest brought together educators, children, and parents to talk about bullying prevention. We congratulate the winners and thank all the participants for their hard work!”
Each winner will receive an anti-bullying stuffed teddy bear and official anti-bullying medal. In addition to these prizes, Safe Fleet will award each winner’s school with a Bully Project DVD and Educator’s Kit, as well as a $500 donation towards anti-bullying education.

Detailed information about the grant and the coloring contest can be found on the United Against Bullying program web site: www.unitedagainstbullying.net

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