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The Jacksonville Park Foundation and Passavant Area Hospital are partnering with Illinois College Professor Dr. Jeremy Turner to give away helmets to every fourth grade student in Jacksonville.
The Protect the Melon! campaign encourages youth to wear a helmet when biking, roller skating, riding a scooter, skateboarding or any other “wheeled” activity. “The importance of wearing a helmet has been shown to save lives and protect against brain injuries,” said Dr. Turner. “Being active is essential to being a healthy child, and with that comes falls and tumbles.”
Illinois College psychology students have been presenting a brain awareness program and giving away bicycle helmets to fourth graders at Lincoln Elementary for a number of years. Jacksonville Park Foundation founding board member Harry Ford had the idea to expand the program to all the schools in the community. Passavant has agreed to provide proceeds from the May 31 Passavant-Powerade 5K and 10K Race to provide helmets for all 350-plus fourth graders in Jacksonville public and private schools.
On Thursday, April 17, Illinois College students will travel to District 117 schools (see schedule below for photo opportunity) to give a lesson on how the brain works, show how a melon without with and without a helmet fares when hitting the pavement, and distribute the helmets. Distribution to Our Saviours, Salem Lutheran, Westfair, and Illinois School for the Deaf, will be at a later date.
Links, tips and information on being a Melonhead is available at ic.edu/melonhead.
Doug Rahn, President and CEO, joined Gary Scott on A.M. Conversation this morning on WLDS Radio.
Here is the interview.