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Reader News: Bike Helmet Safety Program provides second-graders with helmets

422 second graders in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties received bike helmets this year.

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The West Central TBI support group has been distributing bike helmets to second-graders in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties.

In Kandiyohi County, West Central Industries has provided a place to store and sort the helmets for the past 20 years.

The Willmar Police Department has been an asset with educating about bike safety and handing them out to the children and making it a fun event for the kids.

Greater Minnesota Family Services staff assist with the ordering, coordination and distribution in Willmar, Atwater and Raymond.

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Willmar Police officers, from left, Abby Clancy, Muse Amal, Bryan Almejo and Zach Herzog post for a photo with John Wetterling, who received a new bike helmet.
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This year we covered 422 second-graders' heads thanks to Kandiyohi County United Way, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Lions Clubs in Raymond and Atwater also helped to cover additional costs.

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We would like to give a big thank-you to the teachers and other school staff who help out with measuring and distribution.

In the BOLD school district in Renville County, the Olivia Kiwanis financially support the bike safety program. Mark Glesner works with school staff to distribute in the BOLD area school.

The Litchfield second-graders' helmet program is financed by Proworks, Inc in Meeker County.

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