Ross Head Start students learn about bike safety

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY — As part of Ross Head Start’s annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon, Wal-Mart presented a program about safety and gave away three bicycles (two for the students, one for the faculty and staff) as part of the Trike-A-Thon unit Thursday morning.

The students showcased what they had learned over the week about riding toy safety.

The students and representatives from Wal-Mart in Crowley talked about the importance of bike safety equipment, like helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves, and where to ride a riding toy.

The program was part of the overall Trike-A-Thon program, which teaches the children in each class a different daily lesson with special St. Jude friends “Bikewell Bear” and “Pedals the Bunny.”

The characters were used in illustrated adventures and take-home color sheets. All gearing up to the main event, the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon which will be held this morning and give the students the opportunity to show off what they have learned about bicycling and bicycling safety.

The importance of a properly-fitted helmet was the first thing that Wal-Mart discussed the importance of at the program.

Without hesitation, the students of Ross Head Start immediately pointed to the helmet as the most important biking accessory.

They talked about how there are a lot of helmets to choose from for children in many colors, insuring that there is a helmet that every child would like.

They also talked about how helmets can protect your head in case of a crash.

Then they turned to elbow and knee pads and gloves.

Wal-Mart representatives used two students, one boy and one girl, as a models for how to properly be ready to ride bicycles with all the safety accessories.

Lastly, the students discussed where it is appropriate to ride a riding toy or bicycle.

Again, the students already knew the answer.

They knew riding in the streets was not supposed to be done. The children remembered that riding in the yard is what should be done.

After finishing up their lesson, the students were treated to one more surprise. Wal-Mart brought three bicycles with them, one boy’s bicycle, one girl’s bicycle and one adult bicycle. They also brought the appropriate safety gear for each student

Earlier in the morning, three judges looked at the bicycles that were decorated and chose the first, second and third place winners. Those will be announced at the Trike-A-Thon today. In total, 17 bicycles were decorated to be entered in the contest.

The students that opted to be a part of the Trike-A-Thon will parade in front of their school this morning, weather permitting.

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