Mr. Everett Bennett served as the chairman on the L.E.A.D.E.R. Board since its inception in 2000 and passed away this year 2012, after a brief illness.
Our friend, mentor and guide will be dearly missed as he was without peers as a gentleman and dynamic leader. He helped take an idea intended to save children's lives on the road and build this idea into a mature non-profit organization that has helped educate over 6,000 of Forsyth County's teenagers in the essential skills required for safe driving. The program without doubt is continuing to help our young drivers to develop safe driving skills that will serve them for the remainder of their driving lives.
The programs developed by L.E.A.D.E.R. and the leadership of the Forsyth Board of Education maximizes the efficacy of driver training. Mr. Bennett recognized that road deaths represent the most common cause of premature deaths of 3 – 25 year olds in the United States and as such is one of our nations major health issues.
He demonstrated vision and determination to integrate high technology driving education into the classroom. This life saving education was accomplished with state of the art driver simulators that are supplemented with classroom support. The L.E.A.D.E.R. program represents a citizen volunteer program and our school system in un-paralleled cooperation. His vision and support help start a better way to save young drivers lives, a program that can be built on for years to come and continue to save many young peoples lives in the future.
He was a philanthropist who contributed quietly and asked for no applause, he was a wonderful parent and grandparent and will be missed by all. He was a leader of men and his footprint will be hard to follow. Everett we thank you for all that you have done to build a sustainable and needed educational program to keep our children safe on the road and for generations of children to come.