Students teach kids about bike safety
May 22, 2012 - The brain is very fragile.
Quinnipiac students taught the kids about the different parts of the brain and how it works.
That's why Safe Kids Greater New Haven, an outreach program that teaches young people and their families how to prevent childhood injuries, provided three and four-year-old children at the Keefe Community Center in Hamden with free bicycle helmets on National Bike to School Day, which was celebrated on May 9.
In addition to the helmets, Tracy Van Oss, assistant clinical professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac and co-leader of Safe Kids Greater New Haven, Karen Brock-Gallo, director of Connecticut Safe Kids and Quinnipiac occupational therapy students Alyssa Eich and Lindsey Raffol, explained to the children why it's important to wear a helmet while bicycling. They showed them a Jell-O mold to demonstrate the brain's fragility. In addition, the children received reflective stickers and educational materials to bring home to their families.
Founded in 2005, Safe Kids Greater New Haven, led by the New Haven Health Department and the Occupational Therapy Department at Quinnipiac, works to prevent childhood injury in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, Milford, Branford, North Branford, Hamden, Guilford and Madison.
Safe Kids work with law enforcement, fire departments, EMS organizations, hospitals, educators, government agencies and volunteers to educate and protect families. It provides education, programming and awareness about preventable injuries.