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Bike Safety Rodeo and Helmet Give Away

May 7, 2022 – Butler Intermediate School- Local children and their families came out for the 8th annual Quinlan ISD Bike Safety Rodeo and Helmet Give-Away. The event, held at Butler Intermediate School, Saturday, May 7, 2022, 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 were fitted with a free safety helmet, as well as a bike safety check station where volunteers inspected bikes to make sure they were in safe condition. Tammy Ragsdale and Shannon Hough of Hunt County EMS reminded the participants about the importance of wearing helmets correctly.  Dr. Lay of Hunt Reginal Medical Partners has participated in every Bike Rodeo for the last eight years.  She talked to the children about the benefits of riding bikes for exercise and the importance of always wearing a helmet to protect their heads.  
Approximately, 35 children completed the safety course and were entered into a drawing for new bicycles donated by: Hunt Regional Medical Partners, Dr. Sarah Lay, Daybreak Rotary of Greenville, Jose Santander of Aetna Better Health of Texas, Rebecca Pfeil, Bill Slaughter Insurance, Tanya and Gary Overstreet, Dan McGill, Tim and Kathleen Witte, Shanna Jenning’s 1st Grade Class, Mary Russell of Tawakoni Marina, , Kathy Harber, Mike Roberts, Bryant and Sons Electric, Kasey Raulston of At Home Texas Real Estate, Cindy Hitchcock and Hunt County EMS.   
"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 eighth year and the event has gotten bigger and better thanks to all of the community support from groups like, Dr. Lay of Hunt Regional Medical Partners, Jose Santander of Aetna Better Health Texas, Hunt County EMS/AMR, TxDOT, the FHS Auto Tech program, and the QISD Maintenance and Food Service Departments.  Thank you to our volunteers, Aleysa Ayala, Ashley Dooley, Berni Lynn Fischer, Bobby, Jones, Deborah and Terry Blankenship, Jean and Randy Fletcher, Kathy Harber, Dr. Sarah Lay, Tim Witte, Annette and Marcus Shortes, Jennifer Bruton, Jennifer Sanchez, Kaili Coenen, Kamilah Arvizo, Lori Barber, Michael and Christina Tull, Rebecca Pfeil, Tammy Ragsdale and Shannon Hough of Hunt County EMS, Taylor Sikes; QISD Police Explorers Sponsor Officer Jason Agee, Police Explorers: Lydia Hickman, Bronco Rebellos, Gabrielle Miskell, Jayna Brown, and Melissa Hickman.
Quinlan ISD partners with the Texas Medical Association Foundation to provide free helmets for all participants. The Texas Medical Association Foundation is able to fund TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 2022 with major support from an anonymous TMA/TMAA member donor couple and gifts from physicians and their families. Physician members, county medical societies and alliances, specialty societies, medical students, and community sponsors who participate in TMA’s program are asked to recognize TMA Foundation and Hard Hats for Little Heads program funders in publicity and other promotional materials. Listing should read: Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2022 through a grant from the TMA Foundation with major support from an anonymous TMA/TMAA member donor couple.