To the Editor:
Safe Kids Adirondack held its 4th annual Fittin’ Ur Noggin (F.U.N.) Ride on Friday, May 30. In one day, cyclists and volunteers traveled to five schools in Clinton County and fitted 488 children with a free bicycle helmet. In addition, SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Police Officer Robert Light visited each of the five schools to teach children how to ride their bicycle safely. It was a fast-paced yet rewarding day to give helmets to kids, knowing that many had none.
There were many partners and volunteers that made this event a success this year and have helped to keep our children safe. Participating schools were Northern Adirondack Elementary, Mooers Elementary, Rouses Point Elementary, Chazy Central and Cumberland Head Elementary.
We are so grateful to our sponsors: the David Reuter Free Helmet Fund, Wal-Mart, Pfizer Rouses Point, Plattsburgh Lions Club, Mountain View Pediatrics, Casella Waste Systems, Plattsburgh Rotary Club, Woodmen of the World Chapter 462, Safe Kids Worldwide, LaBarge Agency, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Light, Champlain/Rouses Point Rotary Club, Rouses Point Parent Support Group and Woodmen of the World Chapter 1016.
Volunteer helmet fitters and riders for the day kept everything moving quickly and on schedule. They included Bob Light, Mitch Carriere, Michelle Senecal, Molly Flynn, Karen Prevo, Chris Carpenter, Jonathan Martin, Rich Kozak, John Nichols, Elaine Reynolds and Anthony Pilcher. We would also like to extend a thank you to the school parents and volunteers who helped fit helmets.
We are so proud to be able to offer this event and owe a huge thank you to everyone who made it possible. Through outreach and education, we are saving lives and keeping kids safe.
Kerry Haley and Martha Passino
Safe Kids Adirondack