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Prineville Police Dept. offers free bike helmets to Crook County kids

In a grant driven program, 500 helmets will be offered to kids after they complete a bicycle safety class
Kids on bikes will be riding safer thanks to a grant from the Prineville Traffic Safety Committee.
   The City of Prineville Police Department will be distributing 500 bicycle helmets to children this week during the first series of bicycle safety classes held at area schools.
   Prineville Traffic Safety received a grant from the Alliance of Community Traffic Safety in Oregon under their Building Safer Communities Mini-Grant Program for 2000-2001. The funds were used to purchase the helmets and to provide a bicycle safety program for children in Crook County.
   Through the cooperative efforts of the Prineville Police Department, 21st Century Schools and the Crook County School District, classes will be offered throughout March, so children who missed out this week, will be able to sign up for upcoming after-school classes.
   Children need to sign up at the main office of Cecil Sly, Crooked River or Ochoco Elementary schools. Kids are required to attend a safety program on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon over the next two weeks in order to be eligible for a free helmet.
   Class size is limited to 25 students, and additional classes may be offered depending on the availability of helmets. Call Officers Dawn Reeher or Joann Bauer at 447-4168 for more information.