June 11, 2005 150 helmets, Grand River Elementary, Lansing

2005 MTLA Helmet Safety Campaign

Grand River Elementary 'Safety Day'

June 11, 2005

Our June 11, 2005 event was a prime example of how effective even a small MTLA Helmet Campaign event can be! We fit 75 helmets in two hours and hosted a nice little Bike Rodeo that catered to about 50 kids.

Chief Magistrate Jack Nolish worked with the Kids Repair Program and his own tools to inspect and repair bikes. Kids Repair also gave out a free bike!

Channel 10 was there and we made their 10pm newscast on Saturday, and also FOX 47. The MTLA event and Campaign was also mentioned in the Lansign State Journal and several small community newspapers.

Sen Virg Bernaro came out and presented the honorary '10,000th helmet' bike to an excited and grateful young lady from the neighborhood, and stayed around to chat with our volunteers.

The East Lansing Health Care Center provided volunteers who fit helmets and they provided cotton candy . The ELHCC management also risked life and limb running around the neighborhood in and out of traffic with "Free Helmets!" signs.

Mickie Kreft of National Safe Kids did the training and stayed around to help. The ESA public service sorority sent a few volunteers to fit helmets.

Nip N Sip Drive In (a Lansing icon, for those of you from the rest of the state) sent over 10 gallons of their inimitable homemade root beer. Mmmmmmmm....

The Grand River Elementary school was very helpful and let us drive on their lawn, dirty up their equipment and take over the place for most of the day on Saturday.

THANK YOU ALL for helping MTLA make a safe summer for the 75 lucky kids who attended this event!

Hon. Jack Nolish, Chief Magistrate for the Board of Workers' Compensation, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, inspected and repaired bicycles at the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Macomb County events. Thank you Jack!



State Senator Virg Bernaro paid the MTLA Helmet event a visit, and was kind enough to present Brianna Hernandez with the Honorary 10,000th MTLA Helmet, and this new bike!

This happy young lady is sporting her brand new MTLA Helmet

Mikie Kreft of the Capitol Area Safe Kids group came out to train our voluteers and to help fit helmets.

A grateful group of MTLA helmet recipients

Managers from the East Lansing Health Care Center like Melissa Green prowled the neighborhood, putting the public on notice that MTLA helmets were available.

East Lansing Health Care Center resident David Ackterberg (seated) was a skilled helmet fitter. Safe Kids representative Mickie Kreft (dark blue shirt) made sure no child left with out a properly fitted helmet

This East Lansing Health Care Center volunteer, identified only as "Chrissy Margo" trained children in the proper use of hand signals at our MTLA Bike Safety Rodeo .

ESA public service sorority Chair Chrystal Price gets a perfect fit on this young lady.

The 'slow race' --where children learn the value of balance by being the last to the finish line-- is always one of the most popular parts of the Bike Rodeo.

The view from the sign-in table shows Hon. Jack Nolish hard at work repairing bikes in the MTLA Bike Inspection tent, and one corner of the MTLA Bike Safety Rodeo.

Young volunteer Chelsea Bissell (white shirt) helped make certain the children received scruptious homemade rootbeer --courtesy of Nip N Sip Drive In, and cotton candy, courtesy of the East Lansing Health Care Center.