Jonesville Elementary holds Bike Safety Day


By Kristian Russell - [email protected]



Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Coordinator Deputy Sharon Diaz demonstrates the proper hand signals to a group of students on Tuesday afternoon at Jonesville Elementary School.


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Jonesville Police Officer C. Wood leads fifth-grader Pablo Alvarez through the safety course on Tuesday afternoon. The course was designed for the kids to learn the proper signs for turning and stopping while riding a bike.


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Fifth-grader Paulina Cruz makes a list of the facts she learned during Bike Safety Day.


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Luly Beckles teaches Jonesville students the importance of wearing a helmet. Beckles showed the students a model brain to help them understand the importance of a helmet.


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Jonesville fifth-grader Willow Hill gets her helmet fitted by Joshua Friends Foundation’s Valerie LeGrand.


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Ken Putnam from Ken’s Bike Shop in Winston-Salem helps fit a student’s helmet on Tuesday afternoon. Each student received a helmet and a bike light for participating in the safety course.


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JONESVILLE — The gym at Jonesville Elementary School looked a little different on Tuesday afternoon. Fifth-grade students from Heather Harrell and Kellie Dimmette’s classes got together to participate in Bike Safety Day sponsored by Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, Joshua Friends Foundation, Safe Kids (NorthWest Piedmont), Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesville Police Department, Arlington Fire & Rescue, and Ken’s Bike Shop.

Students started the day by learning a few tips about bicycle safety from Luly Beckles from Benner’s Children’s Hospital, Ken Putnam from Ken’s Bike Shop, and other volunteers. After the kids were well informed, they lined up to be fitted for their new helmets. Volunteers helped the students find the perfect fit by going through the Helmet Fit Test.

1. When putting the helmet on a head the person should be able to look up and see the rim of the helmet.

2. Make sure the straps form a “V” under the ears when buckled. The straps should be tight but not uncomfortable.

3. Open one’s mouth as wide as possible, if the helmet feels loose it needs the straps tightened. If the helmet hugs one’s head then the person is ready to ride!

Fifth-grade student Reagen Love understood the importance of a good fitting helmet.

“You need the right size helmet just in case you fall,” Love said. “That way when you fall you won’t get hurt as bad.”

After the students were fitted for their helmets, they went outside to learn the proper hand signals from Yadkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Sharon Diaz. The students learned how to signal a right turn, a left turn, as well as the signs for slowing or stopping. From there, the students went through a course that was designed with two left turns and two right turns. There was also a simulated intersection that the students had to stop at and show the proper signs to their instructors.

When the students completed their ride, they went to the next station to learn about the brain and how wearing a helmet protects a person. After that, the students were able to receive a Bike Safety certificate after they pledged to be safe on the road and always wear a helmet. At the end of the day, the students wrote down what they learned and were awarded with their fitted helmet, a bike light, and safety tips to share with their friends and family.

Injury Prevention Coordinator and Joshua’s Friends Foundation founder Luly Beckles was in charge on Tuesday afternoon. Beckles helped set up the day in coordination with volunteers and the school board. Beckles not only helped set up the day, she also talked with the students at every station. She helped fit helmets, talk about injury prevention, and helped the kids write down what they learned.

“I started getting involved with injury prevention and bicycle safety after my son was struck and killed by a drunk driver in Winston-Salem while riding a bike,” said Beckles. “We formed the foundation Joshua’s Friend Foundation and partnered with Brenner’s and Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont to promote bicycle safety.”

Beckles had several volunteers on hand to help her throughout the day — Ken Putnam, Andrea Weaver, Ronnie Anthony, Natalie Williams, Keith Macy, Sue Redden, Tim Weatherman, Joyce Brown, as well as several volunteers from the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesville Police Department, and Arlington Fire & Safety.

“The number one killer of children isn’t cancer or birth disorders, it’s trauma,” said Beckles. “Children are dying at higher rates from preventable injuries, and the vaccine for trauma is prevention so that’s why we’re here today.”

A few key safety tips that anyone can follow while riding a bike are:

1. Always wear a helmet and make sure it is fastened properly.

2. Wear bright clothing. Bright and light colored clothing makes riders more noticeable.

3. Ride in safe places, such as parks, bike trails, and on roads with designated bike paths.

4. Obey the rules of the road. Bikers must stop at all stop signs and red lights. Bikers must follow the rules of the road as if they were driving a car.

5. Give a bike a regular tune-up.

6. Ride with a friend when possible. It is safer because help is there if it is needed.

As the kids were leaving the gym, the excitement in their eyes could be seen from learning about bike safety. Several students kept their helmets on, while others were testing out their new bike lights. This was the first time the event was held in Yadkin County, but it certainly won’t be the last.

Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Coordinator Deputy Sharon Diaz demonstrates the proper hand signals to a group of students on Tuesday afternoon at Jonesville Elementary School.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0154.jpgYadkin County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Coordinator Deputy Sharon Diaz demonstrates the proper hand signals to a group of students on Tuesday afternoon at Jonesville Elementary School. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Jonesville Police Officer C. Wood leads fifth-grader Pablo Alvarez through the safety course on Tuesday afternoon. The course was designed for the kids to learn the proper signs for turning and stopping while riding a bike.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0166.jpgJonesville Police Officer C. Wood leads fifth-grader Pablo Alvarez through the safety course on Tuesday afternoon. The course was designed for the kids to learn the proper signs for turning and stopping while riding a bike. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Fifth-grader Paulina Cruz makes a list of the facts she learned during Bike Safety Day.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0157.jpgFifth-grader Paulina Cruz makes a list of the facts she learned during Bike Safety Day. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Luly Beckles teaches Jonesville students the importance of wearing a helmet. Beckles showed the students a model brain to help them understand the importance of a helmet.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0161.jpgLuly Beckles teaches Jonesville students the importance of wearing a helmet. Beckles showed the students a model brain to help them understand the importance of a helmet. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Jonesville fifth-grader Willow Hill gets her helmet fitted by Joshua Friends Foundation’s Valerie LeGrand.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0153.jpgJonesville fifth-grader Willow Hill gets her helmet fitted by Joshua Friends Foundation’s Valerie LeGrand. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Ken Putnam from Ken’s Bike Shop in Winston-Salem helps fit a student’s helmet on Tuesday afternoon. Each student received a helmet and a bike light for participating in the safety course.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0164.jpgKen Putnam from Ken’s Bike Shop in Winston-Salem helps fit a student’s helmet on Tuesday afternoon. Each student received a helmet and a bike light for participating in the safety course. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

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Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

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