Milan Optimists Invite the public to Youth Safety Day April 10

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Milan Optimists and Rock Island County 4-H are offering a free Youth Safety Day on Saturday, April 10 from 9 am - Noon at the University of Illinois Extension, 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan.  There will be 490 free youth bicycle helmets distributed.  Children and families are invited to the free event where they will have the chance to learn about bicycle safety, pet safety, fire safety, food safety, and get a Child ID Cards.

The Quad City Bicycle Club invites attendees to bring their bicycle and helmet and try their safety course and stations.  They will learn bicycle safety just in time for the warm weather and increased riding. 

The Quad City Animal Welfare Center will present "Playing it Safe with Dogs" every half hour at 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. 

The Moline Masons will be offering the chance to update your child's records and get a free child ID card and fingerprints through their Illinois CHIP ID Safety Program.  It's a great way to protect a child and aid authorities if they are ever missing. 

The Blackhawk Fire Department will have their fire safety house open for tours to teach visitors about fire safety and prevention. 

University of Illinois Extension's Expanded Food and Nutrition Program staff will teach food safety and provide healthy snack recipes and tasting samples. 

The Milan Optimists Club will also be serving free hot dogs, juice and popcorn.

The 490 helmets and the free event were made possible with the support of these sponsors: The Milan Optimist Club, Blackhawk Fire Department, Just Kids Daycare, Flo-Pro Systems, Milan Lions Club, Milan Police Department, Milan American Legion, Milan Women's Club, Milan Citizen Corp, the CHIP Program by the Moline Masons - Dorick Lodge #319, Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Quad Cities Bicycle Club and University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County. 

More details about the event are available online at www.extension.uiuc.edu/rockisland or by calling Rock Island County Extension at (309) 756-9978 Ext 10.