Caribou Rotary Club treats second-graders to bike helmets

12 years ago

By Barbara Scott
Staff Writer

The Caribou Rotary Club once again joined forces with the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department last week to sponsor their annual Bicycle Helmet Safety Program, distributing over 110 helmets to second-grade students in Caribou, Woodland, New Sweden, Stockholm and Connor schools.

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At left, New Sweden second-grade students were presented with new bicycle helmets by the Caribou Rotary Club, part of the group’s annual program promoting bike safety among the area’s youth. Students are from left, in front: Ethan Edgecomb, Mikaela Spooner and Amalla Peterson. In back are Jordon Sandstrom, Jacob Smart and Eliot Brown. George Ferland is shown kneeling in front.

This year marks the 19th year the Caribou Rotary has been involved with this program and to date they have distributed 2,684 helmets to area youth, helping to promote safe bicycling.

Bicycling presents hazards to all participants and a few simple precautions can make a big difference. An estimated 80 percent of all cyclists’ deaths each year result from head injuries. Many more cyclists are permanently impaired from traumatic head injuries suffered as a result of falls from bicycles.

Bicycle helmets are required by law in the state of Maine for anyone under 16 years of age but every cyclist, including moms and dads, should wear a helmet.

Attached to any new biking helmet is a flyer to assist adults with correctly sizing and fitting their child’s helmet. Should a helmet suffer a crack or a dent while in
use, it should be discarded and replaced with a new one to ensure proper protection.

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Woodland students who were among those who received new bicycle helmets from the Caribou Rotary Club are from left, in front: Tanner Prashaw, MacKenzie Blackstone, Ethan Philbrook, Anna Belanger, Mackenzie Tracy and Amanda Poulin. In back are Dominick Crouch, Chance Mills, Whitley Green, Juliet Littleton, Daniel Arce, Olivia Blackstone, Gabbie Sutherland and Ryan Cole.

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Second-grade students at the Hilltop Elementary School in Caribou display their brand-new bicycle helmets that were presented to them by members of the Caribou Rotary Club. The annual distribution of the cycling helmets to area second-graders in Caribou and surrounding communities is sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department. Caribou Rotarians on hand to assist with the donation on May 31, include in back from left, Steve Mazzerolle, Steve Buck, Rob Kieffer, Jenny Coon, Patrick Bennett, Frank McElwain, Karen Chapman, John Kaven and Bob Spraque.

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These students at the Connor School were the recipients of new bicycle helmets presented to them by members of the Caribou Rotary Club, promoting bike safety. Displaying their new helmets are, in front from left: Nick Lizotte and John Coleman. In back are Coleson Theriault, Jessica Leavitt, Madison Lachance, Chris St. Peter and Jessica Soucy.