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Am­bu­lance ser­vice hands out bi­cy­cle hel­mets to North Shore chil­dren

The Compass - - COMPASS -

On June 17, kinder­garten stu­dents of Cabot Acad­emy in Western Bay were sur­pris­ingly pre­sented with new CSA ap­proved hel­mets. This was made pos­si­ble through the Bi­cy­cle Hel­met Pro­gram, spear­headed by the North Shore Cen­tral Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (NSCA).

This pro­gram was started in 2012 by the NSCA in an ef­fort to help teach our chil­dren some things they may not know about the need for a CSA ap­proved bi­cy­cle hel­met while en­joy­ing this sport. Also, to pro­vide each child with their own CSA ap­proved bi­cy­cle hel­met to wear and pro­tect their head in case of a bi­cy­cling mishap.

If you start teach­ing chil­dren at a young age about the im­por­tance of safety, in this case bi­cy­cle hel­met safety, we hope that this im­por­tance will stay with them through­out their lives.

The young 17 minds lis­tened at­ten­tively as they watched an up­beat video about bi­cy­cle hel­met safety. As within the video, stu­dents were re­in­forced with the same mes­sage in a 20 minute, kid friendly lec­ture. A catchy slo­gan of “ABC 123 wear­ing the proper hel­met can pro­tect me” helped re­in­force our mes­sage.

At­tend­ing mem­bers of the NSCA were happily sur­prised at how fast Cabot stu­dents got the mes­sage. Even fur­ther­more sur­prised when stu­dents un­der­stood how to care for their new hel­met, when to re­place their new hel­met, and re­tained other bi­cy­cle hel­met in­for­ma­tion pre­sented in such a short time. Some chil­dren com­mented that they did not have a bi­cy­cle hel­met, and an­other com­mented that they would wear a fam­ily mem­ber’s old hel­met that didn’t fit too well.

Each child thank­fully ac­cepted a new CSA ap­proved hel­met along with a bi­cy­cle hel­met safety in­for­ma­tion pack­age con­tain­ing re­flec­tors and a small prize do­nated by a bank in Car­bon­ear.

A healthy snack and prize draw also took place through do­na­tions from two busi­nesses in Car­bon­ear.

The North Shore Cen­tral Am­bu­lance is grate­ful to the 15 busi­ness from Car­bon­ear and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that sup­ported this pro­gram again this year. A thank you to the staff of Cabot Acad­emy for invit­ing us into your school to do this pro­gram again this year. A huge thank you to the kinder­garten stu­dents of Cabot Acad­emy, who with­out a doubt were ap­pre­cia­tive of our pre­sen­ta­tion and ef­forts this year.

Re­mem­ber to stay safe this sum­mer while at play, and use the cor­rect, prop­erly fit­ting safety hel­met ap­pro­pri­ate to the sport.

— Sub­mit­ted by Cathy Short, vice-chair, North Shore Cen­tral Am­bu­lance ser­vice

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