National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders, Inc.
“Bee a Buckler” Safety Program
P. O. Box 76722
Atlanta, Georgia 30358
PURPOSE/MISSION: The Bee A Buckler Safety Program is a non-profit, tax exempt organization to increase public awareness of the importance of using safety belts, proper use of child safety and booster seats, and other safe driving practices.
PROGRAM APPROACH: To encourage and increase safety belt and child safety/booster seat usage, and other safe driving practices, the Program offers suggestions and assistance for schools, businesses and community projects, and provides information regarding procurement of educational incentives including “Bee a Buckler" membership/pledge cards and membership buttons, bumper stickers, dashboard decals, stickers, and other related materials. Safety videos are available on a loan basis and speaker presentations can be arranged with advance notice. The Program Coordinator works closely with each group requesting assistance, including providing referrals to additional resources from the public and private sectors; coordinates volunteers for safety presentations and safety fair exhibits at shopping malls and other events; and networks with other local, state and federal traffic safety agencies and organizations. A professional “Buckler Bee" mascot costume is available on a loan basis, as well as a children's outfit.
BACKGROUND: Started in 1969 in Atlanta (Sandy Springs), Georgia, by Jennie Glasgow in an effort to educate and encourage her Girl Scout Troop to use their safety belts, the program has expanded from a local community project to an international program including “Bee a Buckler" clubs in all states, as well as clubs in five other countries (Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and England). The recipient of numerous safety awards and commendations, the “Bee a Buckler" program has been cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the “forerunner of community occupant protection programs" in the nation. Ms. Glasgow has twice been honored by the National Safety Council for her pioneering volunteer work in occupant safety. In 2000 she was awarded the prestigious “World Traffic Safety" Award in New York City, and in 2009 she received the prestigious "NHTSA Safety Champion Award".
When the “Bee a Buckler” program began in 1969, Ms. Glasgow offered it to the Georgia Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders who used it as their priority project. Other state NAWHSL associations also have used the program over its many years of its existence, and it continues to be offered to NAWHSL and other organizations who wish to adopt it. Although the program is copyrighted, permission will be given to use it as long as its guidelines are followed.
CONTACT INFORMATION: For further information or permission to use the program at no charge, contact Jennie Glasgow, Founder and Coordinator, at 770/393-3136; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.beeabuckler.org.
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The Agnes Beaton Memorial Fund is dedicated to the memory of Agnes Beaton, founder of the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders. She was a pioneer of community-based traffic safety programs who was adept at reaching out to diverse groups and individuals and uniting them in the mission of saving lives and preventing injuries on roadways throughout our country.
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