Children, especially teens, have lots of excuses for not wearing a helmet while skateboarding, snowboarding, riding a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle, or engaging in other potentially risky outdoor activities.
The Chaparral High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), in collaboration with Southwest Healthcare System (SWHC), Murrieta, wants to educate parents and their children about the importance of protecting the most important organ in the body, the brain, in a special presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18 in the CHS Performing Arts Center.
Parents of all ages, especially middle and high school students are encouraged to bring their student to this free, one-hour presentation.
“Trauma to the brain can occur as a result of an impact, which can cause a concussion or open skull fracture. A jarring motion, such as a quick turn or sudden stop, can also injure the brain. You don’t have to be going fast or hit your skull hard to suffer lasting damage. Studies have proven that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a serious brain injury and death because most of the impact energy is absorbed by the helmet, rather than your head and brain,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Friedlich.
The presentation is open to the public and is made possible, in part, by a $500 grant from the National PTA, which the school’s PTSA was awarded in December 2012 for its Take Your Family to School Week and family engagement efforts.
CHS is one of only two high schools in California to be recognized with this grant.
For the past four years, CHS has sponsored annual Puma Parent Days, when parents/guardians shadow their students in classes. It is the only local high school to sponsor Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students), where dads and dad figures serve as positive male role models on campus.
Chaparral High School is located at 27215 Nicolas Road, Temecula.
For more information, contact CHS PTSA President Brenda Coalter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-699-2125.
*Contributed by Chaparral High School