Gillett, Suring students bike to school

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Gillett kids head down the home stretch to school, with Superintendent Todd Carlson on his motorcycle and Police Chief Jess Keplinger leading the way. (Contributed photo)

Safe Kids Oconto County joined Suring Public School District and Gillett School District to celebrate Bike to School Day. Gillett’s event was initially scheduled to take place May 9, which is International Bike to School Day. But due to inclement weather, the event was delayed until May 30. The event brings together children, parents and educators to raise awareness about bike safety.

About 119 Gillett students and 85 Suring students participated in the event, along with 50 or more staff members and volunteers from each community. Both communities also received support and sponsorship from more than 20 local businesses and organizations each.

In partnership with Bell Sports, Bike to School Day is celebrated in hundreds of communities across the United States as part of National Bike Month. All events promote biking to school as a safe and fun way to travel, while highlighting important bike safety information, such as wearing a helmet.

“It’s important for bicyclists to wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash,” said Danielle Risner, Safe Kids Oconto County coordinator. “But many children still do not wear them. We have a simple saying: ‘Use your head. Wear a helmet.’”

More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Bike to School Day is an important opportunity for students to learn how to safely bike to and from school.

Safe Kids Oconto County in partnership with HSHS St. Clare Prevea Health Centers, Suring Public School District and Gillett School District, provided properly fitted helmets to all participating students who did not have one.

For information, visit www.safekids.org.