Union Hospital and Dover Police Officer James E. Stucin Jr. take bicycle safety for young riders seriously.
Stucin has spent the past several years in the spring discussing bike safety with 4th-grade students in their classrooms at Dover Avenue, East and South elementary schools, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary. He then challenges them to produce posters containing a bicycle safety message, with the opportunity to win a free bicycle helmet as an incentive.
“All of the students in the classes participated and it is always difficult to select the winners,” said Stucin, who has just completed this year’s program. “But the most important part of all of this is explaining to the students that bicycles are indeed vehicles, and that safety, including wearing a helmet every time they ride and obeying the rules of the road, should be their primary concern.”
Stucin routinely visits the classrooms and speaks to students about safe bicycle riding, answers their questions and explains the poster contest. He then returns a few days later to review the posters, announce the winners and award helmets to the winners. Union Hospital provides the bicycle helmets awarded to the poster design winners.
Some examples of winning poster designs are posted on the hospital’s page on Facebook.
“It really is impressive to review the posters and see that the students not only understood the message about bicycle safety, but that they also are able to depict various elements in an artistic and accurate style,” Stucin said. “And for many years after I have been in their classrooms, the students remind me that I talked to their classes – I even have a few of the teachers today who were part of the discussions and made posters years ago.”
More information about Union Hospital and all of its services provided to the community are available on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s page on Facebook.