By: Michelle Simon
Safe Kids Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Holton Community Hospital and Heritage Tractor of Topeka are working together to provide ATV helmets and safety education to Jackson County children 0-19 years of age in the coming months.
The Safe Kids Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Coalition is committed to helping families in the local community keep kids safe from preventable injuries – the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Safe Kids PBPN was recently awarded a $10K grant from Polaris, a well-known outdoor sporting vehicle company, which produces ATVs or all-terrain vehicles. ATV’s are commonly used in the Jackson County community making it a great fit to raise awareness about the importance of wearing helmets and providing safety education.
Safe Kids PBPN is hosting a series of classes this summer in partnership with Holton Community Hospital and Heritage Tractor. Holton Community Hospital will provide education on trauma and the importance of wearing a helmet during the class. Heritage Tractor is selling ATV helmets to Safe Kids PBPN at cost, creating an extensive savings which allows for more helmets to be purchased and distributed to community children for free.
The first class is set for June 3, 2020, at the PBPN Old Bingo Hall, 16277 Q Road, Mayetta, KS, from 6 to 7 p.m. with food and drinks provided. To attend the class, each child must pre-register in person, on or before Friday, May 1, 2020, by 4 p.m. at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police Department, 16344 Q Road, Mayetta, KS, in order to be custom fitted for their ATV helmet. At the end of the class, each child will receive a free ATV helmet – over a $100 value.
Information for the two additional classes will be made available in the near future. For questions about this program, contact Safe Kids PBPN Coordinator John Hurla at 785-966-6657.