Service-learning Project Peddles Bicycle Safety

Posted by on July 22, 2011

Student fundraisers yield 100+ bike helmets for community kids

A project that initially began as a writing exercise quickly grew into a major community outreach effort as Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee students raised funds and donated more than 100 helmets to local children.

Seven students in a Torts class began by researching bike helmet laws in various states and assessing the effect of laws on injuries and mortality. They found that helmets are often credited for preventing up to 60 percent of head injuries that would have been fatal without a helmet.

The students created a brochure educating children and parents about the importance of bike helmets and distributed it throughout the community. Motivated by their findings, they also organized on-campus food sales and raffles so they could purchase helmets for community kids.

“As a mother, I have always been concerned with keeping children safe through the use of bike helmets, car seats, and other safety equipment,” said student Amanda Steele. “I feel fortunate that I was able to make a difference in the lives of the children who received these donated helmets from us.”

After researching where to get the best price on helmets, the students purchased 108 helmets and donated them to the CAP Agency, a local organization serving low-income families.

“It was wonderful to receive the donation of helmets,” said Mary Riley of the CAP Agency. “We serve a wide variety of people and are always appreciative of donations such as this that we would not have funding for otherwise. It means a lot to us, and it keeps kids safe.”

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