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Cleveland-Montessori Second Graders Learn Bike Safety
Cleveland Police Chief Tim Barber
helps a second grader adjust his
new bike helmet so it fits correctly.

Cleveland Police Department's Chief Tim Barber visited Cleveland Elementary and NEW Montessori School's second grade students on May 4 to teach them about bike safety and the rules of the road and to stress the importance of wearing a bike helmet. Each student received a coloring book with bike safety rules and a free bike helmet of his/her own with funds donated by Habush, Habush and Rottier S.C. in Sheboygan.

After the presentation, Chief Barber and employees of Habush, Habush and Rottier S.C. helped the students correctly fit their helmets. The students asked many questions during the program and were thrilled to know that if a Cleveland police officer or fire department member "catches" them wearing a helmet and obeying bike safety rules they will be given a coupon, donated by Bonde's Quik Mart, to get a free ice cream, cookie or candy bar.

Some of the key points made during the presentation included the fact that bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents do happen. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries. A head injury can mean brain injury. That's why it's so important to always wear your bike helmet. Wearing one doesn't mean you can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for your head and brain in case you fall down.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 11, 2010