Spring time brings out bicyclists and the annual bicycle helmet giveaway to more than 500 area third graders. Grinnell Regional Medical Center will once again lead the distribution of free helmets, provided by the GRMC medical staff along with GRMC, area businesses, and individuals.
Bicycling can be fun, healthy, and a great form of independence but it’s important to remember safety. GRMC and the area sponsors are commitment to avoiding head-injuries by teaming up to give a new bicycle helmet to each third grader in the GRMC service area. This year 520 helmets will be given away. Over the previous 15 years, 3,851 students in the GRMC service area have received a free bike helmet.
At each distribution an educational program is presented to emphasize the importance of wearing a helmet and to teach bicycle safety. Children who use helmets as soon as they begin riding are more likely to continue that healthy behavior throughout their lifetime.
Helmets are given out in 12 school districts includingEast Marshall, GMG, Meskwaki Settlement and South Tama
Financial supporters of the bike helmet distribution in addition to GRMC and the GRMC Medical staff includes the State Bank of Toledo.
RIGHT- Kaitlynn Jefferson, a 3rd grade student at Meskwaki Settlement School, is fitted for a new bike helmet by Micki Ferris, State Bank of Toledo assistant vice president, on May 11. GRMC and school staff assisted with the annual distribution of which the bank has been a supporter of for many years.