The agency helps young people learn about bicycle safety
Bike safety was the focus of a presentation hosted by Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) on May 28.
The session took place via Zoom in partnership with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, as part of Saskatchewan Bike Safety Week. Guest speaker Cara Zukewich, Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator at SPI, shared information on how to be safe while cycling.
Topics covered included helmets, rules of the road, proper bike fit and riding safety tips.
About 90 young people were registered for the Zoom session. All participants received a bicycle safety kit donated by SPI.
Aimee Haralson, SWIS coordinator in Estevan and Weyburn, said the clinic is aimed at K-12 students and parents of younger children who may need guidance during discussion and demonstration.
Young people were encouraged to have bicycles and helmets on hand as part of the training.
“I’m happy but I’m not surprised with the entries,” said Haralson. “Every time we organize events, we get a little bit of it. “
SWIS is always working hard to make sure the learning sessions are a success, she said.
This was the first time that SWIS had organized a presentation on bicycle safety, but they would like to have it more often.
“This is always information that children of all ages (need),” said Haralason. “That’s why we opened it up to anyone who likes to cycle. We always take care of their safety.
It’s a topic that she said was necessary because kids love to ride bikes. When she has meetings with students of different ages, they talk about the activities they want to do and they often cite biking.
And it was the perfect time because May 28 was the end of Cycling Safety Week in Saskatchewan.
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SWIS supports the newcomer children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and has another employee who assists those in Grades 11 and 12 with their transition to post-secondary education and employment.
Haralson noted that this presentation was open to everyone, not just children of newcomers.
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