A bike rodeo arranged by the Emo Toy Library and held at Lions Park in Emo last Tuesday (June 17) was a successful event as 19 youngsters participated.
It was conducted by OPP constables Tammy Hyatt and Caroline Spencer, auxiliary Cst. Rob Dokuchie, and cadet Carol Judson.
The children learned about bike safety and how to wear their helmets properly.
All the children who participated also received a free ice cream coupon for McDonald’s from the officers and a prize bag containing a bike accessory and an item to encourage physical activity.
Money for the prizes and for healthy snacks was provided by the Northwestern Health Unit.
“We would like to thank the officers and the volunteers for their help,” said ETL co-ordinator Jennifer Miedema, adding they also would like to thank Cloverleaf Shop Easy Foods for donating food and barbecue supplies.
In other news, Joanne Davis will be by at the ETL to offer DPS pre-school screening on Tuesday, July 15 from 1-4 p.m.
DPS is a screening tool for children aged one to four-and-a-half to identify whether or not your child is developing appropriately for his/her age. Each session takes about 20 minutes per child.
Call the ETL at 482-2946 if you wish to sign up.
Meanwhile, the ETL co-ordinators wish everyone a happy Canada Day, and remind people that the centre will be closed next Tuesday (July 1).
ETL also suggests people sign up now for the product safety workshop which is coming up Tuesday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the ETL.
The presenters will be talking about child product safety (i.e., cribs, car seats, strollers, walkers, toys, etc.) as well as about product recalls and what to look for when you buy items from garage sales.
If you have some things in your home and you’re not sure about them, bring along all the information you have on the product (i.e., make, model, and year) and the presenters will let you know if the product is safe to have in your home.
Those interested in attending are asked to sign up in advance by calling the ETL at 482-2946.
Child care will be provided free of charge and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.
Miedema also said the child care registry service at the centre is available so you can become aware of those people in the community.
“We will provide parents/caregivers a parent information kit,” she added.
Please be aware that the information you will be provided with is just that, information. The ETL is not responsible for the information provided, nor for how it is interpreted.
To have your child care service added to the registry or to view it, contact the ETL.
In other news, the ETL officially becomes an Ontario Early Years site as of June 27. Drop in and see them, and they will let you know what kind of services and resources it has to offer to you and your family.