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AAA Mid-Atlantic Collects Supplies to Help Local School Students;
Holds Storytime Event on July 31 

Public is invited to donate school supplies and take the pledge not to drive Intexticated 

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 25, 2019) – While no one is ready to think summer is over quite yet, the reality is that back-to-school time is coming soon. In an effort to help local schools, AAA Mid-Atlantic will collect school supplies through August 4 at all AAA locations within the Philadelphia 5-county region, including its retail and car care centers. 

The campaign encourages AAA associates, members and the general public to donate new, unused school supplies. The local schools supported by the collection drive are chosen by AAA associates and after the donations are collected, AAA associates will deliver the supplies to their chosen school. 

AAA cares deeply about the communities in which we live and serve,” says Jana Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs. “AAA aims to ensure that students have what they need when they get to school, which takes pressure off children and families and gets the school year started right.”

AAA has added a special feature to the School Supply Drive this year – a Storytime event, geared to children ages two to six at select AAA locations. Locally, the Storytime event will take place Wednesday, July 31st at 5 p.m. at AAA Clifton Heights. AAA Associates will read to the children who attend and snacks will be provided.

Storytime location in the Philadelphia 5 county area:

AAA Clifton Heights Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center

5233 W. Baltimore Pike, Clifton Heights, PA 19018 (Delaware County)

Wednesday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

Helping Students Inside and Outside of the Classroom

While dropping off donations, all are invited and encouraged to take AAA’s “Don’t Drive Intexticated” pledge or to find it at AAA’s multi-year initiative “Don’t Drive Intoxicated—Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign links the impact of drinking and driving with distracted driving. Both are comparably dangerous and deadly, research shows, killing and injuring drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. What is more, a person using a cellphone while driving is four times as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who are not.

In Pennsylvania

According to PennDOT crash statistics, a distracted driver was the contributing cause of more than 15,600 crashes in Pennsylvania in 2017, 6,500 MORE than a drunk driver.

Between 2014 and 2018, the State of Pennsylvania saw a 118 percent increase in the number of distracted driving citations issued.

With more distractions than ever, motorists need to make a new commitment as the school year begins to put the phone away and watch out for students,” said Tidwell.


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TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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