For many children, the act of jumping onto a bicycle and pedaling away requires very little thought. It's almost second nature to them.
But starting Oct. 1, young riders throughout Maryland will need to be sure they've thought of wearing bike helmets. As the new helmet law goes into effect, bike riders under the age of 16 will be required to wear helmets.
Failure to comply with the new law will result first in a warning and then in a fine from the state police.
Second-grade students at Piney Ridge Elementary School are well aware of the new regulation. The students recently participated in a bike safety awareness event at the school.
Representatives from the state police met with the children and gave a brief talk on bike safety and the new helmet law. An educational video and a demonstration with a police bike reinforced safety issues.
Despite uncooperative weather, the second-graders spent the morning guiding their bikes through various stations of a bike rodeo. An obstacle course challenged their riding skills, and a station on the use of hand signals required some thought.
As part of a statewide effort to emphasize bike safety and the new helmet law, merchants throughout Maryland have made donations of funds and helmets for children who do not own bike helmets.
Five children from Piney Ridge were winners in a drawing for a free helmet. Preston Allen, Stephen Gren, Amber Michaud, Amanda Scharp and Jessica Wehn will each receive a helmet curtesy of White's Bicycles in Westminster.
Students win music awards
Students of another discipline were recently recognized for their diligence and hard work over the summer months. The Gauthier Music Studio in Eldersburg presented several awards to young piano students.
Receiving the "Practice Makes Perfect" award were: William Chen, 43 hours; Leslie Dragan, 35 hours; Anna Pobletts, 33 hours and Amanda Martz, 31 hours.
A memorization award called "Songs in My Heart" went to Anna Pobletts, 23 pieces; Michael Ferguson, 12 pieces; and Steve Powers, 11 pieces.
Anna Pobletts, Cody Henn and Andrea Dragan were winners of the "Taking Off" award.
Other students awarded ribbons and pins were: Leslie Dragan, William Chen, Carl Henn, Michael Ferguson, Molly Hayeslip, Chris Racusen, Kimberly Justice, Steve Powers and Jennifer Stallings.
Freedom Flash sock hop
All kinds of music will have them moving and grooving at a Sock Hop at the Winfield Fire Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Students in grades 4 to 7 may attend the hop sponsored by the Freedom Flash soccer team.
"Since there is no school on Friday for kids in Carroll County, we thought they would enjoy celebrating the long weekend with a fun activity," said Patti Smith, wife of Flash coach Chris Smith. "We want parents to know that their children will be in a safe and well chaperoned environment".
A disc jockey will provide the music, refreshments will be sold, and soccer-related door prizes will be awarded.
Admission to the hop is $3. Advance tickets are available by calling Patti Smith, 549-6923 or Pat Lane, 781-7168 or through any Flash player.
Another music and movement program geared toward young people is scheduled to begin next month when the Heartlight Aerobics program comes to Sykesville Middle School. The program is sponsored by the Freedom Area Recreation Council.
"We've been trying the get the program into the middle school for some time now," said Pam Short, community coordinator for the rec council. "We are really excited to begin the program in Sykesville. Many of the students who participated in the Heartlight program in the elementary schools miss having the opportunity to continue when they reach middle school."
Tricia Duke will lead the class, scheduled for Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 beginning Oct. 24. The program will run for eight weeks and costs $21.
OC Registration forms will be available in the school office after
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