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Partnership for Children offers back-to-school tips

AMY WADSWORTH
Guest Columnist

It’s almost time for Back to School!
Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure your children are safe.
Review your family’s walking safety rules. Walk on the sidewalk if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
Officer Tommy Crosby with the Gaston County Police Department also has some walking tips.
“Ask parents to help pick a safe route to school, one that avoids dangers, walk with a friend when possible and never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents,” Crosby said.
Bike safety is also important this time of year especially since many children may be riding a bike. Wear a helmet and know the rules of the road including using appropriate hand signs with left hand and riding with traffic.
Bus safety is also critical. Make sure to leave in plenty of time to get safely to the bus stop.
Crosby suggests not listening to MP3 players, text or talk on a cell phone because you will not be aware of what’s happening around you.
“Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or before standing up to get off and always listen to the bus driver,” he said.
While at school, to help with backpack related injuries, make sure their backpack is not overstuffed. Tell your child to use both straps while wearing it so the weight is distributed evenly.
At the playground make sure your child avoids playgrounds with concrete, grass and dirt surfaces as they are too hard. Children under the age of 4 should not use climbing equipment.
Upcoming Events — Save the Date!
Boogie with Books in the Park, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Betty G Ross Park, Lincolnton
Apple Festival, Come visit the Partnership for Children street booth and in the Kids Orchard, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Partnership for Children Family Spooktacular, Oct. 25, WoodMill Festival Grounds, Vale
The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is your local Smart Start agency. You can reach us at 704-922-0900 or visit us online at www.pfclg.com. Our vision is a community where young children will reach their health and educational potential.

Amy Wadsworth is public information coordinator with the Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston Counties.

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