Oak Ridge Schools Office of Coordinated School Health recently collaborated with Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area to offer bike safety programs to Glenwood and Willow Brook Elementary students.
Alexis Keiser with Safe Kids and Don Lindsey with AAA of East Tennessee team up each year to provide this service to third grade students across the area. Safe Kids receives bike helmets from the Kohl’s Cares program. Through this initiative, they are able to provide each 3rd grade student with a bicycle helmet of their own free of charge. A member of the Safe Kids coalition, Oak Ridge Fire and Police Department personnel personally fit each students’ helmet.
This year, we had a huge presence of our Oak Ridge Police and Fire Departments. “We cannot thank Safe Kids, AAA, Kohl’s Cares, ORPD & ORFD enough for their focus on the safety of our students. With the help of these organizations, 163 students can now ride their bikes safely within our community!” said CSH Coordinator Jenifer Laurendine.
Safe Kids is a coalition in coordinated with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
For more information about programs and initiatives of Oak Ridge Schools Coordinated School Health, please visit www.ortn.edu or visit the ORS Coordinated School Health Facebook Page.
Tennessee Coordinated School Health connects physical, emotional and social health with education through eight inter-related components. This coordinated approach improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities and schools working together. Coordinated School Health works with many partners to address school health priorities – See more at: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/topic/coordinated-school-health#sthash.t3YRNUQn.dpuf.
Article and photos submitted by Jen Laurendine (pictured below).