As we move into spring and dust off our scooters, skateboards, and bikes, let’s make sure our Ray kids are safe! Students in grades 3-5 will participate in a bike safety presentation during P.E. class on April 24 & 25. Scott Hunt from Dartmouth Safety & Security will talk to students about riding their bike safely, properly fitting helmets, and how to avoid hazards while biking.
We will be celebrating National Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10th. There will be more information in the coming weeks.
Here are some other bike safety events in the area:
Safe Kids 500 - FREE event held at the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon, Wednesday, May 3rd, organized by CHaD - Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Safe Kids New Hampshire.
Bike Rodeo - FREE K-5 event held in the Ray School parking lot on Saturday, May 6th, organized by Hanover Parks & Recreation.
The law in NH requires that children under the age of 16 wear helmets when bicycling. As reported by safekids.org, properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent - yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. If purchasing a helmet for your child presents a financial hardship please reach out to Laura Perras, Ray School Nurse. She has resources available to help ensure that your child has a helmet.
The other thing that spring brings is TICKS! Grades 3-5 will use the wooded area behind the school on good weather days for P.E. class. Please remember to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and child from ticks. Mr. Condon and Ms. Brauch will leave time at the end of each P.E. class for students to do a tick check. Please make sure to do one at home each night as well.
Clare Brauch, Steve Condon, and Laura Perras