The event, held at Butler Intermediate School, 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 treated to the landing of the AirEvac 67 Helicopter, coordinated by Cindy Hitchcock of Hunt County EMS. The morning concluded with an exciting performance by the United Freestyle Stunt Team. Between breath-taking stunts, the stunt team communicated the importance of wearing a helmet, properly maintaining your bicycle, and staying drug and alcohol free.
Approximately, 30 children completed the safety course and were entered into a drawing for over 20 brand new bicycles donated by American Legion Post #517, Debra Crosby, Tim and Kathleen Witte, Tanya and Gary Overstreet, Jo Hughes, Julie Todd, Mayor Jacky and Kathy Goleman and Billie Miller.
"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 fourth 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, Parkland Community Health Plan, Hunt County EMS, the QISD Police Explorers, and the QISD Maintenance and Food Service Departments. The free helmet give-away was made possible through a partnership with QISD and the Hard Hats for Little Heads 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. Thank you to our volunteers, Karina Salazar, Kathy Harber, Annette Shortes, Bethany Witte, Tim Witte, Becky Wagner, Hunt County EMS Paramedics, Jo and James Hughes, Lisa Avrit, Julie Todd, John Kennedy, Ashley Dooley, Laighla Gassner,Toni and Dennis Douthit, Esparanza Garcia, Police Explorers: Sponsor Steve Allen, Captain Joseph Henry, Sergeant Adriana Valadez, and Explorers Kamren Smith, Chris Solis, Kyle Krietemeyer, Brittany Howell and Oscar Miskell.