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Bike safety event planned

Clarke Drill Team and FFA will be hosting the first-ever Bike Safety Community Event.

The event will be held at the square starting 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. 

Children will have the opportunity to speak with medical professionals about how helmets can prevent brain injury, the police department about how to earn a free Subway cookie by wearing a helmet and the drill team about bike safety. 

There will also be an obstacle course, so people can bring their bike.

Finally, the drill team will be giving away free helmets for anyone present who needs one on a first come, first serve basis. At the end of the evening, there will be a drawing for a brand new bike.

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children ages five to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for bike-related injuries more than any other sport. 

Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent. It is reported that only 45 percent of children ages 14 and younger usually wear a bike helmet. Come out and support bike safety in the community.

If you would like to donate to the cause, helmets may be placed in the box outside the elementary school office. 

If you would like to donate monetarily, donations can be made to Clarke Community Drill Team.  If you have any questions, contact Becca Kedley at bkedley@clarke.k12.ia.us.

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