BYRON, Ill. - More than 250 area first-graders will have a safer summer of activities thanks to a helmet giveaway at their schools.
The ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program teaches students valuable lessons about personal safety and also rewards the students with a new bicycle helmet. It is part of a partnership with Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) that has distributed helmets to more than 2,000 first graders in Illinois, including classes from Highland Elementary in Stillman Valley and Mary Morgan Elementary School in Byron.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that 85% of head injuries sustained while biking can be avoided with proper helmet use. The students are told that protecting their heads while riding bikes, skateboarding or performing similar types of activities will help minimize the risk of a head injury in case of a fall.
"We thank Exelon for bringing this wonderful learning activity to Mary Morgan Elementary School," said Buster Barton, principal at Mary Morgan. "The message of putting safety first is something we stress daily at Mary Morgan. The kids loved the interactive presentation and were very excited to receive their new helmets."
Exelon Nuclear's $120,000 overall gift is meant to bring injury prevention education to more than 11,500 students over the next three years in areas where Exelon employees live and work. The partnership with the CDH Injury Prevention Team reaffirms Exelon Nuclear's commitment to safety in every aspect of life. That's underscored by the fact 75 percent of death and disability for children is preventable.