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Slide into Safety event works to prevent unintentional childhood injuries

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) –  Injuries among children occur more during the summer months, when children are more likely to be outside unsupervised.

To help prevent unintentional childhood injuries, Gundersen Health System held its annual Slide into Safety at Erickson Park in La Crosse Wednesday.

This summer safety program brings in third graders from nearly 20 schools throughout the Coulee Region for a day of learning and fun.

Almost 900 3rd graders took part, going through 12 different safety stations focusing on things like saving someone from drowning.

3rd grader Claire said, “if somebody’s drowning somebody will throw a circular ring and you want to throw it behind them and then you pull it in so they can grab it.”

“I think it helps when it’s not mom and dad because we hear so much from mom and dad already. This really layers and reinforces the education mom and dad are already providing in the home environment,” said Kris Edwards, Program Manager, Dept. of Pediatrics, Gundersen Health System.

“Like when you’re biking you should always wear a helmet so you don’t fall into the concrete,” said 3rd grader John.

This is the tenth year of the Slide Into Safety event.

Brittany Lake

Daybreak Anchor

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