FCCLA Spotlight on the Oklahoma Challenge Awards 2019

Want to showcase your chapter’s awesome distracted driving awareness campaign? Enter the Spotlight on Oklahoma Challenge at the Oklahoma FCCLA State Convention.

The Spotlight on Oklahoma Challenge Awards are designed to give your team an extra incentive to help stop distracted driving deaths in your school, community and beyond. In addition to saving lives, your group can earn a special recognition and monetary compensation for your efforts. Only first 15 entries will be selected to participate, so begin planning today on ways you can make your campaign a winner!

More info on the Oklahoma FCCLA 2019 State Convention coming soon..

2018 Winners of the Spotlight on the Oklahoma Challenge Award 

Latta Winners

Congratulations to Latta High School our First Place Winners at the 2018 Spotlight on the Oklahoma Challenge Awards, for the second consecutive year!

Caney second place

Congratulations to Caney High School our Second Place Winners at the 2018 Spotlight on the Oklahoma Challenge Awards!

Medford Third place

Last but not least congratulations to Medford High School our Third Place Winners at the 2018 Spotlight on the Oklahoma Challenge Awards 

2019 Skills USA Oklahoma Challenge Awards coming soon!


How to Make Sure Your Message is Heard

SOCIAL MEDIA AND BEYOND

Social networks, such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook offer a great way to share information about distracted driving and your awareness campaign. Working with your advisor and group, decide whether you want to use the organization’s existing social media accounts or create new ones for this campaign. To keep it professional, don’t use your personal accounts.

Tips for creating a successful social media campaign

  • Post often: If you post often, your followers or viewers will be more like to remember the information you provide on distracted driving.

  • Post positive and relevant things: No one wants to read anything negative/rude or off-topic information, such as what you ate for lunch. These social media accounts don’t just represent you and your school, they also represent your whole organization - in Oklahoma and beyond.

  • Always, check grammar and spelling. Misspelled words or improper grammar can distract from even the coolest post.

  • Use social media to promote events and your organization.

  • Always include interesting photos/graphics or videos and hashtags in your posts.

  • Keep your followers or viewers in mind: Customize information so it is interesting, and fits what your audience needs to see and/or hear. Utilize your social media accounts to remind members about upcoming events or activities.

  • Social media also offers great way to reach reporters. The limited number of characters per post or Tweet allows media to quickly scan for interesting potential stories.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Each community in Oklahoma has its own special characteristics and ways of approaching problems. To make your year-long awareness and prevention program successful, you should include a large number of community members. You can learn from the experiences of others, but we suggest your distracted driving project begin with an assessment of the local situation. Consider the following groups as resources in your efforts to stop distracted driving in your school and community:

  • Teenagers (other students)

  • Parents

  • Law Enforcement Officials

  • Elected City Officials

  • Local Community Leaders

  • Youth Ministers

  • Legislators

  • Media Representatives

  • School Leadership - Including Boards, Teachers, Principals, Superintendents

  • Business Groups - Examples: Local Car Dealers, Restaurants and Clubs

  • Local Civic Groups - Examples: Rotary, Lions Club, Masons/Evening Star

  • Specialty Clubs - Such as Women’s, Religious or Service Groups

When reaching out to community leaders and legislators, remember to keep them informed as to the progress of your project. Put them on your mailing list and send updates frequently (approx. once a month).

Connecting with Legislators

Your state and national legislators are very aware of the seriousness of the distracted driving problem. They will be pleased to help in any way they can toward a solution. Legislators often have an uncanny ability to help get things done and they are often connected to resources available within the community to help solve problems. They are excellent for public forums and news events. It is also important to let the congressional and state representatives know how you feel about the subject of texting and driving.

Use this handy tool from the Oklahoma Legislature to find names and contact information for your State Senator and Representative. You can find your federal lawmakers at govtrack.us.