May 14, 2016 – Ford High School- Local young people and their parents came out for the annual QISD Bike Safety Rodeo and Helmet Give-Away. The event, held at Ford High School on Saturday, May 14, 2016, featured a bicycle safety course, where children learned the importance of avoiding hazards, obeying stop signs, yielding to traffic and being aware of their surroundings when riding their bikes. All children visited a helmet fitting station where they learned about the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet and were fitted with a free helmet, as well as a bike safety check station where volunteers inspected bikes to make sure they were in safe condition. Participants were also treated to the landing of the AirEvac 67 Helicopter, coordinated by Cindy Hichcock of Hunt County EMS.
Approximately, 50 children completed the safety course and were entered into a drawing for 19 brand new bicycles donated by Dr. Debra Crosby, Sherry Reville, Tim and Kathleen Witte, Tanya and Gary Overstreet, Jo Hughes, Texas Dollar Pawn, Billie Miller and Save Mart.
"We were so pleased with the turnout at this year's event," said Kathleen Witte, QISD Director of Family and Community Engagement. “Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveal that helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk by 85 percent. QISD is committed to the health and safety of our students and our community. If this event influenced even one person to wear a helmet and to ride more safely, it was worth the time and effort.”
"This great event would not be possible without the support of all our sponsors and volunteers," said Witte. "This was our third year and the event has gotten bigger and better thanks to all of the community support from groups like Dr. Lay and Primary Care Associates of Quinlan, Hunt County EMS, the QISD Police Department, the Police Explorers, Quinlan Volunteer Fire Department and the QISD Maintenance Department. The free helmet give-away was made possible through a partnership with QISD and the Hard Hats for Little Heats grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation. The grant is made possible thanks to top donors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio-and generous gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance Members, and friends of medicine. I would like to thank our volunteers, Kathy Harber, Donna Hopson, Tim Witte, Dennis and Becky Wagner, Brenda Stone, Jeff Rhodes, John Zamora (Hunt County EMS), Cynthia Curb, Bruce and Louetta Schwab, Sherry Reville, Berni Fisher, the QISD Police Department, Police Explorers Sponsor Steve Allen, Captain Joseph Henry, Sergeant Adriana Valadez, and Explorers Kamren Smith, Chris Solis, Kyle Krietemeyer, Brittany Howell and Oscar Miskell.