Wednesday, May 23, 2018, DOVER, Ohio: Safety first this summer, as area students are prepared to ride their bicycles safely around the Tuscarawas Valley.
As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, many children around the Tuscarawas Valley will be out enjoying summer break on their bicycles.
Thanks to two programs managed through Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, children are learning the basics of bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet every time they ride.
Kindergarten students at several local schools receive helmets each spring as part of a safety program sponsored by EmergiMed Inc., which employs the physicians at the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.
This year the program took place at Newcomerstown schools, where the students were visited by staff nurses of the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness program. The nurses discuss basic bicycle safety and provide demonstrations, including the use of a mini-helmet that protects an egg from damage after it is dropped.
Students then receive a helmet that is provided by the EmergiMed Inc. physicians. The visits are made on an annual rotating basis to schools in the county.
Additionally, 4th-grade students at Dover elementary schools earn helmets presented by the hospital as part of a bicycle safety poster creation contest sponsored by Dover Police Officer James E. Stucin Jr.
Stucin has spent the past several years in the spring traveling to the 4th-grade classrooms of Dover Avenue, East and South elementary schools, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary. Stucin teaches the students about the importance of wearing a helmet and basic bike safety tips.
One of Stucin’s favorite parts of this program is having the opportunity to determine the winning posters from each of the 4th-grade classes.
“It is always difficult to select the winners, but the most important part is seeing what the students have learned from the program portrayed in their posters, such as obeying the rules of the road and wearing a helmet every time they ride,” Stucin said.
Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital provided a total of 50 bicycle helmets awarded to the poster design winners.
Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).