Free Food and Entertainment to Kick Off New School Year and to Raise Awareness about Child Injury in Modesto
Later this month, Modesto will be holding its 2nd Annual Child Watch event to kick off the new school year. This is an event that's free to everyone. Children are invited to enjoy free food, a bounce house and face participating. Parents are urged to bring along a donation of school supplies in exchange for a raffle ticket for each donation. The collected donations will then be given to local schools, according to ABC 10. Parents will also be able to enter their chosen school into a raffle to receive some of the school supplies.
California Highway Patrol will be providing free child seat safety checks. Free child seats will be given to those who officers feel are in need. Children will also be provided with a free CPR class and with free digital fingerprinting. Modesto City Schools will also be addressing school bus safety to help keep kids safe from child injury in Modesto during the upcoming school year.
Our Modesto child injury attorneys understand that the new school year comes with some dangerous risks for school bus-related injuries. Parents are urged to speak with their children about bus safety before sending them off to school. There are basic safety measures that your child can practice to help avoid being involved in a school bus-related accident.
The event will be held at:
Modesto Free Will Baptist Church
225 E. Orangeburg Avenue
Modesto , Ca 95354
This year, roughly 25 million students will use the big yellow bus to get to and from school. Unfortunately, many children are injured and several killed in school bus accidents every year. It is estimated that school bus-related accidents killed more than 130 people in 2005 alone. Another 11,000 people were injured in these accidents during that same year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of all the people injured in school bus-related accidents from 2000 through 2004, nearly 50 percent were school bus passengers, 8 percent were school bus drivers and another 41 percent were occupants of other vehicles. The rest of the injuries were sustained by pedestrians, bicyclists and other or unknown type persons.
School bus safety tips for your child, from the National Safety Council:
-While waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Children should not stray onto streets, alleys or private property.
-Wait until the bus stops and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway.
-When on the bus, find a seat, sit down and keep your voices down.
-Never put head, arms or hands out of the bus window.
-Keep the aisles clear of books and bags as they are tripping hazards and can block the way in an emergency.
-At your stop, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up from your seat.
-Make sure that the driver can see you when walking near the bus.
-Wait for a signal from the driver before you cross in front of the bus.
-Stay away from the bus' back tires at all times.