Public Safety is very important especially when it involves the children in our community and service areas. Some of those children got a reward for their efforts this week in Sault Ste. Marie.
Algoma Power Inc. has partnered with the Sault Ste. Marie, Batchewana and Anishinabek Police Services, and the Ontario Provincial Police, Lock City Dairies “Holy Cow’s Ice Cream Parlor, Timberland General Store, Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa Canadian Tire Corporation, Algoma Office Equipment, Big Arrow Variety, Garden River, Noel’s Place, Rankin and Young’s General Store in Wawa with the “Play Safe” program
Through this program, youth are encouraged to develop positive safety habits at an impressionable age in order to protect themselves by wearing the proper protective equipment while enjoying outdoor activities. The hope is that children that play safely will develop into adults that work safely.
“We have given away 11 bikes this year to the children that were awarded a certificate from the Police to redeem at one of the sponsor stores. The names are drawn for children living in the Algoma Power Inc. Service Territory and also two bikes are given away in the city of SSM. This program has been active for close to 20 years and keeps getting more recognition and participation as each year goes by.” said Lynne Pyette from Algoma Power Inc.
The Police Services and OPP are on the lookout throughout the summer months for children who are playing safely and are obeying all the safety rules. Whether children are bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, swimming or playing in the play ground and doing all the right things, officers patrolling their service area may stop and present a certificate, printed courtesy of Algoma Office Equipment, to reward the child for playing safely.
A coupon is also presented by the officer that is redeemable at Lock City Dairies “Holy Cow’s Ice Cream Parlor” in Sault Ste. Marie, Timberland General Store Hwy. 17 North, Big Arrow, Garden River, Noel’s Place, Rankin, or Young’s General Store in Wawa for an ice cream treat. The coupon is then entered into a draw for a chance to win one of ten bicycles donated by Algoma Power Inc. each year. The Canadian Tire Stores, in Wawa and Sault Ste Marie, have once again, generously donated the helmets and locks for each bicycle won.
The winners of the bicycles are then presented with the bike in an assembly at their school by Algoma Power and a Police Officer.
“The winners will be bringing their new bikes to their respective schools to present along with the Sponsors in further delivering the message that playing safe has its rewards in good health and a possibility to win a bike.” Pyette said
The entire student body receives the encouragement to wear their safety equipment when they are riding their bikes as doing this has its rewards.