May 5, 2018 – Butler Intermediate School- Local children and their families came out for the 5th annual QISD Bike Safety Rodeo and Helmet Give-Away. The event, held at Butler Intermediate School, Saturday, May 15, 2017, 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 a tour of a fire truck and the AirEvac 67 Helicopter, coordinated by Cindy Hichcock of Hunt County EMS. There was also a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog, coordinated by Vonda Jack of Hunt County Kids and the Quinlan PD.
Approximately, 50 children completed the safety course and were entered into a drawing for new bicycles donated by, Debra Crosby, Tim and Kathleen Witte, Mike and Donna Roberts, Cannon Elementary, Jo Hughes, Sherry Reville, Billie Miller, Kathy Harber, Jeff Irvin, Cindy Hichock and Hunt County EMS, Hunt County United Way, and the FHA HOSA student organization.
"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 fifth 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, the FHS HOSA student organization, 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, Kathy Harber, Dennis and Becky Wagner, Donna Hopson, Cynthia Curb, Dr. Sarah Lay, Bethany Witte, Christopher Smith, Tim Witte, Hunt County EMS Paramedics, John Kennedy, Toni Douthit, Dennis Sabella; Police Explorers Sponsor Jason Agee, Junior Explorer Austin Randolph and High School Explorer Joseph Shanklin; HOSA Sponsor James Shoemake, and students Alexzandria Fry, Tegan Konopka, Mercedes Christian, Jordan Alvarez, and Sabina Ayala.