Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pittsfield Area Kiwanis Bike Rodeo set for May 12

  PITTSFIELD – Once again, the Greater Pittsfield Area Kiwanis Club will be hosting their Bike Safety event in conjunction with Bud’s Shop ‘n Save Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
   Other participants will include Sebasticook Valley Health, the Healthy SV Partnership, School Administrative District 53, the Pittsfield Police Department and Relay for Life.
    The Kiwanis Club has made this one of their major activities to support the youth in the greater Pittsfield area. Bike helmets are given away to the youths who bring their bikes to the Rodeo for a check-up and two bikes are raffled off that day.

   This year, a grant from the Safe Routes to School Program within the Maine Department of Transportation will allow the Kiwanis to expand the Rodeo and help to purchase helmets. The partners hope that parents and kids alike will come to learn all about the rules of the road for bikers, cars and pedestrians.
   Several display tables will be set up by the participants to focus on a range of health topics and safety. Free blood pressure screenings will be available by the hospital staff and Bud’s will provide refreshments as a gesture of appreciation for their faithful customers.
   The Vickery Elementary School third graders will have a special lesson on bicycle safety from Kiwanis member Jim Cianchette during the week leading up to the Rodeo.
   Physical Education Teacher, Sue Nile is organizing three “Bike and Walk to School Days” on May 8, 15, and 22. Extra crossing guards will be on hand to ensure the safety of all the walkers and bikers on those days. Students from both the Vickery School and Warsaw Middle School are encouraged to participate.
   For additional information contact Mary Ellen Johnston, SAD 53 School Health Coordinator at 487-2281.

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