LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY (May 7, 2014) Little River-Academy students learned Wednesday to play it safe when it comes to biking and walking to and from school.
Dozens of 5th graders from Little River-Academy celebrated national Bike to School Day Wednesday by learning about the importance of wearing helmets.
Safety experts with Baylor Scott & White and Safe Kids Mid-Texas Coalition were on hand to hand out helmets to ten kids.
Doctors also explained to students why wearing a helmet could save their life.
"We're talking things as small as concussions and even things that are more severe with major head injuries and bleeding from the brain and a situation where that child may not be the same afterwards," McLane Children's Hospital Chief of Trauma Dr. Dan Little said.
So far this year in Central Texas five children who were riding bikes have been hit by cars, and some weren't wearing helmets.
Seven children who were on foot have been hit by drivers, including one Little River-Academy student who was struck in March when he was walking home from school.
"The student is fine luckily and it just brought to everyone's attention the need for safety and the need to talk about safety with our students; both pedestrian and bicycle safety," Little River-Academy Superintendent Kevin Sprinkles said.