Hoquiam Cheer Coach honored for traffic safety
Hoquiam High School Cheer Coach Charlotte Helland has been recognized for outstanding contributions to traffic safety by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
For more than 25 years, the WTSC has recognized outstanding citizens who go beyond their job duties and make necessary contributions, changes, and improvements that affect everyone’s safety on our roads.
Helland has been a community leader and cheerleading coach at Hoquiam High School for 17 years. In the last 3 years, her team has warned other students about the dangers of distracted driving. The project included developing and distributing brochures and displaying banners, as well as asking fellow students to pledge to not text and drive.
“I just want people to know that cheerleaders aren’t just all fluff. They can be leaders in the community and do work that is important and that benefits the community,” said Helland.
The WTSC honored many different winners in 2014. These include law enforcement personnel, engineers, citizen activists, traffic safety volunteers, and educators. Each of these various community leaders worked for one common goal – to find ways to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths in Washington.
For a video of the award ceremony, visit http://vimeo.com/92285734