This weekend, police made their rounds at the Suffolk Library’s “Circ Du Library Summer Challenge Kick Off” and handed out free bicycle helmets to children.
In an effort to teach young bikers the importance of bike safety, the police department teamed up with the Lynn A. Chiavotti Memorial Fund at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA). The helmets were donated by BIA and distributed at Saturday’s event.
The Summer Challenge is a three-month program where children are encouraged to try something new, whether it is attending a library event or checking out books from genres they don’t normally read.
Children can win prizes like gift cards for Amazon, Wal-Mart and Regal Cinemas.
This year, the library moved its Summer Challenge kick-off event from the Suffolk Visitor Center to the playground at Lake Meade Park.
According to the Suffolk library services coordinator Shawna LoMonaco, there was also a bike parade.
Led by officers on brand new police bikes of their own, children ages three to 12 rode their bikes in loops around the playground.
They also had bike decorations and supplies, a competition where the most creative bike won a prize, and bike repair services provided by Hund’s ReCycle Factory.
Helmets that were left over were given to nearby bicyclists who didn’t have any helmets or safety equipment.
“We want to remind all youth to ride safely this summer,” said the police department.