Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation http://shreyadixit.org Building Distraction-Free Driver Communities Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:45:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Building Distraction-Free Driver Communities Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation no Building Distraction-Free Driver Communities Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation http://shreyadixit.org/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://shreyadixit.org The Eighth Raksha Walk · Saturday, August 1 http://shreyadixit.org/raksha-walk-2015/ http://shreyadixit.org/raksha-walk-2015/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:19:29 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1981 Register Online Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation invites you to the 8th annual Raksha Walk Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, MN 55344 5K Walk or 10K Run For those above the age of 18 there is a suggested minimum donation of $11 to support distraction-free driving. Program On site registration at 8:30 am Silent auction […]

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Raksha Walk 2015

Register Online

Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation invites you to the 8th annual Raksha Walk

Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, MN 55344

5K Walk or 10K Run

For those above the age of 18 there is a suggested minimum donation of $11 to support distraction-free driving.

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  1. On site registration at 8:30 am
  2. Silent auction
  3. Vigil to remember those lost to driver distraction
  4. Walker’s Pledge to drive distraction-free
  5. Proceed for 5K Walk and 10K run

Help Build Distraction-Free Driver Communities, One Driver at a Time

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System Warns Drivers of Emerging Distraction 4 Seconds In Advance http://shreyadixit.org/system-warns-drivers-4-seconds-ahead-of-a-distraction-in-the-making/ http://shreyadixit.org/system-warns-drivers-4-seconds-ahead-of-a-distraction-in-the-making/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 14:51:50 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1967 The post System Warns Drivers of Emerging Distraction 4 Seconds In Advance appeared first on Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation.

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Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation Driver-ed Grant Award Program Guidelines http://shreyadixit.org/driver-ed-grant-guidelines/ http://shreyadixit.org/driver-ed-grant-guidelines/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 03:16:39 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1941 As a leading advocate for distraction-free driving Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation invites applications for a $200 grant to defray Driver-Ed tuition costs. Eligibility The program is open for residents of Minnesota and Connecticut. The foundation’s Grant Program Committee will evaluate entries and select awardees. There is no age restriction for the applicants. Applicants must: […]

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As a leading advocate for distraction-free driving Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation invites applications for a $200 grant to defray Driver-Ed tuition costs.

Eligibility

The program is open for residents of Minnesota and Connecticut. The foundation’s Grant Program Committee will evaluate entries and select awardees.

There is no age restriction for the applicants.

Applicants must:

  • Enroll in or have completed a driver-ed program at a state approved Driving School to obtain the Drivers’ License
  • Sign up for BOTH classroom and behind the wheel training

Award and Obligations

  • The $200 check will be remitted directly to the driver education provider to defray the cost of driver education program tuition
  • Preference to applicants with a financial need will be given to 50% of scholarship awards
  • Awardees are encouraged to attend the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation 5K-10K walk/run for distraction-free driving. The event takes place on the first Saturday in August.

Application

Please download the application form here.

Required documents to be submitted with the application:

1. A document (200 words) describing the new and unique responsibilities that accompany becoming a licensed driver.
2. A creative/innovative/compelling artifact or a team activity.

Examples include: an essay (300-500 words), poem, audio, video, graphic art, team project to address the following:
a. Driving is a responsibility.
b. It requires decisions that can seriously impact the driver, passengers, and other drivers on the road.
c. Always make the right decision behind the wheel.
d. Identify and make effort to avoid any distractions while driving.
e. A number of factors affect a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
f. Things that can be done to influence peers, co-workers, parents, seniors to avoid risky driving behaviors due to:

i. Physical and visual distractions inside and/or outside of the vehicle
ii. Alcohol
iii. Fatigue

3. One letter of recommendation from your teacher or driver-ed instructor.
4. List any academic honors, memberships, offices held, extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, community service, etc.
5. Describe special justification due to financial needs.

Please download the application form here.

Please submit the application by mail to:
Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation
17535 Alcove Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Please enclose the following:
☐ Completed application form
☐ Artifact/Essay etc.
☐ Letter of recommendation
☐ Special Honors
☐ Financial Need Justification

First Session
Application Deadline: May 1
Selection Date: May 15
Course Duration: July 1 – December 31

Second Session
Application Deadline: November 1
Selection Date: November 15
Course Duration: January 1 – June 30

For additional information please call Aspen Cooper at 952-484-9361
Or you can send your question by e-mail to:

Please download the application form here.

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Shreya R Dixit Memorial Foundation and AAA Observe National Distracted Driving Awareness Month at Edina High School http://shreyadixit.org/shreya-r-dixit-memorial-foundation-and-aaa-observe-national-distracted-driving-awareness-month/ http://shreyadixit.org/shreya-r-dixit-memorial-foundation-and-aaa-observe-national-distracted-driving-awareness-month/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:03:34 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1936 Read the Star Tribune coverage of the Impact Panel event.

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Read the Star Tribune coverage of the Impact Panel event.

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Discover your inner Steven Spielberg for Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Distraction-free Driving PSA Contest http://shreyadixit.org/shreya-r-dixit-memorial-distracted-driving-psa-contest/ http://shreyadixit.org/shreya-r-dixit-memorial-distracted-driving-psa-contest/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:28:20 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1874 Due to repeated requests, the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation has decided to extend the deadline for the Distraction-Free Driving PSA contest to April 30th. You now have an additional two weeks to enter your Public Service Announcements. The foundation is looking for PSAs of 60 seconds or less that illustrate the importance of safe and […]

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Due to repeated requests, the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation has decided to extend the deadline for the Distraction-Free Driving PSA contest to April 30th. You now have an additional two weeks to enter your Public Service Announcements.

The foundation is looking for PSAs of 60 seconds or less that illustrate the importance of safe and distraction-free driving practices. Official selections will have a special screening at the EDU Film Festival on May 15th. Our new partnership with the Annual EDU Film Festival and Independent Film Project of Minnesota for our First Distraction-free Driving PSA Contest for 21 years old or younger residents of Minnesota or Connecticut.  All semifinalist entries will be screened on May 15, 2015 at the Show Place ICON Theaters, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Grand Prize is an approved college level production or screenwriting course at IPR College of Creative Arts for high schoolers.  The winner of the non-high school submission will receive a $150 in cash.  If you are in a driver-ed program, you may qualify for an additional $200 cash reward.

The new due date for submission is April 30. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate your passion for film production and get your video camera out.

CLICK HERE FOR CONTEST DETAILS AND HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR CREATION

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Are you registered in a Driver-ed Program? You may earn a $200 Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation grant http://shreyadixit.org/qualify-to-receive-a-200-driver-ed-stipend-from-a-total-of-thirty-made-available-by-the-foundation/ http://shreyadixit.org/qualify-to-receive-a-200-driver-ed-stipend-from-a-total-of-thirty-made-available-by-the-foundation/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:59:18 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=916 Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation funds multiple $200 stipends to help needy youth defray the cost of their Driver Ed classes.  The funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You should be registered either in a current or future driver-ed class. How you may qualify? Residents of Minnesota or Connecticut all ages may apply Already enrolled […]

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Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation funds multiple $200 stipends to help needy youth defray the cost of their Driver Ed classes.  The funds are available on a first-come-first-served basis. You should be registered either in a current or future driver-ed class.

How you may qualify?

  • Residents of Minnesota or Connecticut all ages may apply
  • Already enrolled or planning to enroll in a state approved in-class and behind the wheel drivers’ education program
  • Grant applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee with recommendations for approval by Shreya R. Dixit Foundation board members
  • 50 % of the grant money awarded to those with a financial need
  • Grant funds will be remitted directly to the driver education provider
  • Awardees are encouraged to attend the annual Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation walk held in the fall on the first Saturday of August. Please visit SHREYADIXIT.ORG for the date 

Submit the application for the scholarship as outlined below

  • Write a one page written essay (300-500 words) on how you would integrate distraction-free driving into your daily life after securing the license
  • You may elect to create a work of art (visual or musical) communicating the importance of distraction-free driving and its impact on the society
  • Increase your chance of receiving the scholarship by being creative in your offering
  • Get a letter of recommendation from a non-family member (preferably your teacher) about your motivation and commitment to the cause of distraction-free driving
  • To be considered as a need based applicant, please describe your personal situation to help justify why you qualify on the needs basis
  • Do not send grade reports or personal data for confidentiality reasons; if necessary we will reach out to you for additional information
  • Provide your contact e-mail, phone number, and name of your driving school with their contact information
  • For additional details call us at 612 759 3384, e-mail vijay@shreyadixit.org
    contact us by mail:
    Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation
    17535 Alcove Circle
    Eden Prairie, MN 55347

We will continue to deploy our resources to spread the message of distraction-free driving across communities.  

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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HELLO! Drivers-in-training! Check this out – ‘The Distraction-Free Driver’ http://shreyadixit.org/free-distraction-free-driver-etrainer/ http://shreyadixit.org/free-distraction-free-driver-etrainer/#respond Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:57:40 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1579 World’s First Adaptive Massive Open Online Course (aMOOC™). An Intelligent Modular Learning Tool for tablets, smartphones and computers. Intelligent Capable of recognizing your personal learning style Delivers tailor-made content to accelerate learning. Works on any tablet, smart phone, PC or Mac. Modular Delivers short, customized learning modules. Keeps you fully engaged. Learning Learn on your schedule. Choice of 65 […]

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distracted driving World’s First Adaptive Massive Open Online Course (aMOOC™). An Intelligent Modular Learning Tool for tablets, smartphones and computers.

Intelligent

  • Capable of recognizing your personal learning style
  • Delivers tailor-made content to accelerate learning.
  • Works on any tablet, smart phone, PC or Mac.

Modular

  • Delivers short, customized learning modules.
  • Keeps you fully engaged.

Learning

  • Learn on your schedule.
  • Choice of 65 languages.

So take this journey and click here to get started.

  1. Register for the course.
  2. Answer a few question so the technology may determine your learning style.
  3. Travel with this innovative adaptive technology through a new and memorable learning experience.

Happy aMOOCing to become a proud Distraction-free Driver!

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Distracted Driving Featured on the Mary Hanson Show http://shreyadixit.org/distracted-driving-mary-hanson-show/ http://shreyadixit.org/distracted-driving-mary-hanson-show/#respond Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:51:55 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1837 Broadcast December 29, 2014 on Minnesota Public Television. Mary Hanson spoke with Vijay Dixit, Founder of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation and Frank Hornstein, MN State Representative and Chairman of the Minnesota House Transportation Committee, about distracted driving. They discussed how Vijay’s daughter was killed because of a distracted driver and how that affected his […]

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Broadcast December 29, 2014 on Minnesota Public Television.

Mary Hanson spoke with Vijay Dixit, Founder of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation and Frank Hornstein, MN State Representative and Chairman of the Minnesota House Transportation Committee, about distracted driving.

They discussed how Vijay’s daughter was killed because of a distracted driver and how that affected his family. Frank Hornstein discusses what legislation is being put in place to help prevent accidents like that from continuing to happen.

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Hello Parents! Get Ready for Your Own Driver-Ed Class http://shreyadixit.org/hello-parents-get-ready-driver-ed-class/ http://shreyadixit.org/hello-parents-get-ready-driver-ed-class/#respond Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:51:41 +0000 http://shreyadixit.org/?p=1819 Is the above statement a hoax? No, it is true. Beginning January 1, 2015 a new Minnesota law goes into effect that affects your young wannabe drivers. If you are assigned to help a youngster obtain a driver license, your responsibilities just went up a notch. You will now need to attend a parent awareness […]

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Is the above statement a hoax? No, it is true. Beginning January 1, 2015 a new Minnesota law goes into effect that affects your young wannabe drivers. If you are assigned to help a youngster obtain a driver license, your responsibilities just went up a notch.

You will now need to attend a parent awareness class along with your young driver-ed student.

There are new requirements for the Graduated Driver Licensing Law for teens under 18. To get a provisional license for the teen, one of the parents need to attend a parent awareness class to be offered by the driver education program. This parent class targets teen driving risks, teen driving laws and adult influences on teen driver behaviors.

In addition to the certificate of completion of the parent awareness class from the Driver-Ed program, the parents are now responsible for 40 hours of behind the wheel practice, of which 15 hours must be at night. In the old law they needed to have 30 hours of practice with 10 nighttime hours.

For those parents who do not attend the above class they must provide at the time of teenager’s road test:
  • A log certifying that the teen drove under the supervision of an adult licensed driver for a minimum of 50 hours, of which 15 hours were at night
  • A parent must sign the supervised driving log
  • The above driving log also becomes a permanent part of the teen’s driving record
As a parent:
  • Never assume that just because your teens are now armed with a driver license, they are also competent at managing every driving situation
  • Continue to supervise their driving after they’re licensed
  • Discuss driving responsibilities with your teen
  • Establish clear family driving rules and follow through with consequences when warranted.

The Parent Awareness will train you on how to best manage your newly minted driver.

So, get ready for your lesson.

It will serve as a lifesaver for your young one.

Good Luck.

Vijay Dixit, Chairman
Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation

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