Helmets for Life Program at Fernwood

posted May 7, 2015, 2:31 PM by Leah Ashford
Island Pathways’ Helmets for Life program will be at Fernwood School on Tuesday, May 12th to talk about bike safety and do a "helmet fitting" for Grade 3,4, and 5 students. Students will have an opportunity to purchase a greatly discounted new bike helmet due to the generosity of Fort Street Cycle in Victoria (Doug Grams) and the Lions Club, SSI Firefighters, Salt Spring Foundation, Legion, Rotary Club and private donors who help Island Pathways cover the difference. If you would like your child to have a helmet, please send $10 to school marked "new helmet". 

Margaretha Nordine has been with the program from the beginning and most enthusiastically continues it. Each year, she and her helpers (often Island Pathways board members) go to two elementary schools, with home-school children invited to attend. She prepares the students with a safety and “how to wear your helmet” talk, then she and assistants carefully fit each child. The kids choose the style and colour they prefer. They and their parents are thrilled.

There will be a  Bike Rodeo, working with the RCMP, to teach safe cycling laws and practices, along with the critical importance of riding with an approved, quality helmet later in May.