Fairmount Homes Retirement Community
333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata PA, 17522 | Phone: (717) 354-1800 | Fax: (717) 354-6665
Presentation on Amish & Mennonite Student Safety Vest Project
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Event Cost: free
On Thursday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m., Kay L. Moyer, Safety Nurse Educator from the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, will be at Fairmount Homes to present information on the new Amish and Mennonite Students Reflective Safety Vest Project. The presentation will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus.
Currently there are many Amish and Mennonite children who either walk, bike or ride a scooter to and from one-room schools on back roads early in the morning and in all kinds of weather. Many of the roads have a very narrow berm, and the students cannot get far enough off of the road to be safe. Today the amount of traffic has increased, the vehicles travel very fast, and drivers are often distracted and do not see the children in time to avoid hitting them. Parents and teachers have expressed a great deal of concern, which is justified considering that two-thirds of child pedestrian fatalities occur on rural roadways. However, very few companies make children’s vests, and they are often very expensive.
In response to these concerns, the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service has initiated a program to make and provide students with reflective vests to wear when walking or biking on the roads. The vests will allow cars and trucks to quickly notice the children. Volunteers are needed to help with different components of the project such as cutting strips of Velcro or reflective tape, or sewing binding to the vests. In addition, donations are needed to purchase additional materials for more vests.
Make plans to attend and learn more about this project and how you can get involved.
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