National Safe Kids Week was May 6 through 13. School activities highlighting the importance of gun, water, fire, animal, home, poison, motor vehicle, and bicycle safety were presented to Amarillo area students throughout the week. One elementary school, Avondale, was selected to host a safety fair for all their students on Friday, May 13. More than 380 students participated in activities to demonstrate ways to prevent accidents. All pamphlets were bagged and distributed to the students as take-home materials.
Texas Bicycle Coalition Amarillo Outreach Coordinators Fernando Martinez and Joyce Cunningham heard many amusing excuses why kids have bicycle accidents or don’t want to wear a helmet. After some demonstrations and discussions, many of the students realized what dangers they face when exploring their world on the seat of a bicycle. They were quick to learn that your helmet is your best friend when riding a bicycle. It’s one lesson we hope they remember for the rest of their lives.
Safe Kids is an organization that works to prevent accidental childhood injury. More than 300 coalitions in all 50 states bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids raises awareness and teaches families about prevention of all major causes of accidental childhood injury. The selfless accomplishments and dedication of the coalition members are truly amazing. The generous commitment of corporate sponsors includes Johnson & Johnson, General Motors and Chevrolet, FedEx and Bell Sports, among others.