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To the Editor:
Safe Kids Carroll County held their annual Back to School Safety & Wellness Extravaganza August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Approximately 380 children and their families attended the event.

Free school supplies were provided to school age through fifth grade students. Annie Speaker provided free back to school haircuts. The children and their families were able to participate in a variety of interactive safety and wellness stations providing education on bicycle safety, sun safety, school safety, bus safety, child passenger safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, heatstroke prevention, sport safety, nutrition, physical activity, dental health, and drug prevention.  Outside, the children were able play in a big inflatable provided by the Carroll County YMCA, see a fire truck up close, walk through a Family Safety Education trailer, learn school bus safety, and participate in a Bike Rodeo. The bike rodeo was conducted by the Carrollton Masons.  One hundred forty children went through the bike rodeo this year and learned about bicycle safety and received a new bicycle helmet. A drawing was held for two new bicycles. Winner of the boy bike was Mason Sikon and winner of the girl bike was Hailee Ulman. In addition, Safe Kids Carroll County raffled off 50 backpacks with school supplies donated by Huntington Bank. Carrollton Family Dental also raffled off an iPod at their table and the winner of that item was Brock Bolan, son of Sarah Morrow.

The Carroll County Early Childhood Coordinating Committee sponsored free preschool screenings that were conducted by Dr. Joni Stasiak (Medical), Dr. Steven Dowell (Dental), Carol Gregor (Vision) and Jess Rodgers (Hearing). Nurses from the Carroll County General Health District were also checking to see if the children’s immunizations were up to date. Approximately 25 children received their preschool screening at the event.

Safe Kids Carroll County would like to thank the following agencies and organizations for their participation and support of this year’s Back to School Safety and Wellness Extravaganza: Akron Children’s Hospital, Alcohol and Addiction, Annie Speaker, Aultman Wellness on Wheels, Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Carroll County Dairy Promotion Board, Carroll County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Carroll County District Library, Carroll County General Health District, Carroll County Help Me Grow, Carroll County YMCA, Carrollton Business Women, Carrollton Exempted Village School District, Carrollton Family Dental, Carrollton Fire Department, Carrollton Gideons, Carrollton Masons, Carrollton Rotary Club, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Fusion Ceramics Inc., Harcatus Head Start, Huntington Bank, Mercy Health Center of Carroll County, Oginallii Girl Scout Service Unit, Rex Energy Corp., Chesapeake Energy and Rettew, Ronald McDonald House Charities Northeastern Ohio, Society for Equal Access, Stark State College, State Line Paving, and The Ashton Preservation Association.

Safe Kids Carroll County would like to thank those in the community for attending the event. Safe Kids Carroll County is led by the Carroll County General Health District.

For more information on Safe Kids, please contact Amy Campbell, Safe Kids Carroll County Coordinator at 330-627-4866 ext. 57.

Amy Campbell
Coordinator
Carroll County Safe kids

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