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March 20, 2014

Child car seat safety program set

MT. VERNON —Project CHILD and Bumble Bee Child Care Center are teaming up to educate residents about car seat safety.

Project CHILD will host a free educational program to explain how booster seats protect children from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Bumble Bee Child Care Center.

The event was made possible by a grant of $1,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which was awarded to Project CHILD.

“We are very excited about the campaign, we like to provide community services.” said Angie Blackford, assistant director at Bumble Bee Child

Care Center.

During the safety seminar, parents who have children with them will be offered free child care for the evening by the staff of the daycare.

“Children depend on their parents to keep them safe — every trip, every time,” stated Jamie Nichols, child passenger safety technician.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, booster seats reduce risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children between the ages of 4 -year-old and 8-years old. The NHTSA also states 25 percent of children ages 4 to 7 were restrained by a seat belt alone and another 10 percent were riding totally unrestrained.

Project CHILD will also be offering a free car seat check from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the daycare center. Attendees of the educational event may be eligible to receive a new booster seat.

For further information contact Nichols at 244-2210, ext. 120.

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