The Teens in the Driver Seat Day at the Capitol planned for May 4 has been cancelled. On Wednesday the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency and the governor noted in their press conference that it is not responsible to bring students together from all over the state, given the current health environment and concerns related to swine flu, so TDS has followed suit in cancelling the event.
The Day at the Capitol was planned to honor award-winning schools for the 2008-2009 school year, Sponstar winners, the TDS Teen Advisory Board, and the 2009 Driving the Message contest winners.
In a letter to more than 100 people who had planned on attending the event, TDS Program Director Russell Henk and TDS Public Affairs Director Bernie Fette expressed their disappointment in the need to cancel.
“In the spirit of the TDS program’s central purpose, it is our intent to ensure that teens are not put in harm’s way. This is an unfortunate decision, but it is one that we believe is clearly consistent with the mission and purpose of TDS and places the interests of your well-being at the top of our priority list.” the directors said.
Although the event has been cancelled, both the State Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled to adopt resolutions on Monday honoring the TDS program along with its award winning schools, teen advisors and Sponstar faculty sponsors.
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