A group of Santa Fe Elementary School students have received some special safety equipment through the efforts of the Johnson County Medical Society and the Hard Hats for Little Heads project.
Local physicians, in partnership with the Texas Medical Association program, have fitted 100 “little heads” at the campus with bicycle safety helmets. The helmet giveaway took place during Santa Fe’s weekly morning rally.
“As physicians, we are all about safety, fitness and exercise,” Cleburne Pediatrician Ranbir Sharma said. “A great way for students to be active is by riding bicycles. However, biking is the number one cause of injury for kids under 14. It’s so important for children to wear a helmet when they are riding a bicycle, scooter or skate board.
“We want you to get outside and get some exercise — at least three times a week. We want you to get away from the TV and video games and go outside and play. But when you ride your bicycle, wear your safety helmet.”
In addition to the helmet giveaway, bicycles were awarded to seven winners in a bike safety coloring contest (grades prekindergarten through first) and essay contest (grades second through fifth), which was underwritten by Pinnacle Bank and Cleburne Walmart. The winners included Aleena Banda, Mikaela Roman-Serrano, Elizabeth Swisher, Kaydence Isaacson, Wayne Wyrick, Diego Rodriguez and Wendy Luna.
Joining Sharma in the bike helmet presentation — and fitting — were fellow Johnson County Medical Society members Dr. Stephanie Morton and Dr. Steve Johnson.
“We are so grateful to have Santa Fe students selected for this safety project,” Santa Fe Principal Sabina Landeros said. “Keeping our children safe is a priority in our schools and our community, and this is a reflection of that. We have no idea how many serious injuries will be prevented because of Hard Hats for Little Heads initiative.”