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Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, in collaboration with the Office of Traffic Safety, the Rochester General Hospital Association and the Twigs organization, hosted the 23rd annual Wheel Sport Safety Awareness Contest Awards Ceremony. The event, which took place at Greece Ridge Mall, honored local schoolchildren for their participation in a coloring and writing contest.
“This annual contest is a great opportunity for our children to be advocates and raise awareness of the dangers of riding a bicycle, rollerblading, or skateboarding without proper protection,” said Brooks. “By educating the public on safe wheel sport practices, we will certainly prevent countless injuries to our children and in turn, will save precious lives.”The coloring and writing contests promote all forms of wheel sport safety including bicycle, in-line skates, roller-skates, skateboards and scooters. Fourteen children were awarded first place, earning them new bicycles and helmets, and 357 contest participants received new properly fitted helmets, all of which were donated by Rochester General Hospital and Twigs.
Nearly 2,600 entries were submitted this year from a total of 84 local schools.
“The Twigs of Rochester General Hospital are a proud co-sponsor of the Wheel Sport Safety Contest,” said Trudie Kirshner, Rochester General Hospital Association and TWIGS President. “We invite children in grades K-6 to submit colored pages, drawings and essays addressing safety issues. This important event is a fun and educational way for children in Monroe County Schools to learn about safety as it relates to wheeled vehicles.”
Twigs was founded as a grassroots organization in 1887 and supports Rochester General Hospital through fundraising and donations. There are currently over 600 members of Twigs in the Rochester area.

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