(ATLANTIC) Darrin Petty, representative of the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, recently presented Kellie Jimerson, of the Atlantic Kiwanis Club, with $200 toward their bicycle helmet safety program.
The program, now in its 16th year, began when Kiwanian Steve Green learned of a discount program offered by Bell Helmets. After receiving approval from the company, Green sought the support of former Washington Elementary Principal, Gail Casey, and former Atlantic Police Chief, Roger Muri, and with their backing, the program was launched.
The Atlantic Kiwanis Club, one of 10,000 groups that participate in the Bell Helmet program, was the second organization to start giving the helmets away. It is currently the longest running participant in the nation, having distributed approximately 1920 helmets to Atlantic 3rd grade students to date.
Green credits the Washington Elementary administration, Atlantic Police Department, and Nishna Valley Trails members for their parts in the program's success. "Fundraising, access to the students, volunteers to properly fit each helmet, and an outlet to replace helmets broken in accidents are just a few of the things that have to come together to make this happen," Green explained. "We are fortunate to live in a community that values and encourages our children's safety."
Petty said this is the Fund's third annual donation to the program, noting Trevor's class would have been the second to receive the helmets. For more information about the Fund's donations and fundraising efforts, "like" the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund on Facebook.