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Three Cole County Schools Win Regional Battle of the Belt Challenge

JEFFERSON CITY – Students at Calvary Lutheran High School, Russellville High School and Cole County R-V High School have answered the challenge, scoring three of the state’s seven perfect scores in the statewide Battle of the Belt competition. 

Battle of the Belt is an educational program where local high schools compete against each other to increase safety belt use and potentially save lives. The challenge involves an initial surprise safety belt check, followed by a peer-designed educational blitz, and a final surprise safety belt check to determine if a change of behavior occurred. 

As regional winners, each school will receive $500, along with a banner and plaque that commemorates their accomplishment.

Bunceton High School in Cooper County also won central Missouri’s regional award for the Most Improved Percentage in safety belt use.  In addition, Richland, Fatima, Iberia, Belle, and Columbia-Rock Bridge high schools received banners for 91 percent and above seat belt use.

In all, 43 schools from the Central Missouri region participated in the Battle of the Belt program.

The Battle of the Belt program is jointly sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and American Family Insurance.  American Family and the Central Region Coalition  provided the prize money for the competition.

For more information, visit or call 800-800-BELT.