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Seasons of Safety – Santiam Hospital family event draws a crowd

Up to 300 children and families turned out to make the Seasons of Safety event a success.

In an effort to improve local community health, the Santiam Hospital and Clinics Integrated Health and Outreach Department hosted the event June 15 for the Santiam Canyon School District in Mill City. 

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“The grant funded Seasons of Safety project was sponsored by the Willamette Health Council to help the Integrated Health and Wellness department bring together community partners to deliver bicycle, water and car seat safety targeted at youth and their families to improve equitable access to resources within the communities,” said Melissa Baurer, director of Integrated Health and Outreach. 

Children who attended were provided by a “passport” to encourage them to visit and learn about what each safety station had to offer. Examples of Safety themes included: Think So You Don’t Sink, Too Much Sun is No Fun!, Power Pedal, and ABC Bike Check. 

Once passports were stamped by each station, children were able to turn them in for a chance to win one of two prizes offered by Santiam Hospital.

“TG won a $100 gift card to The NW Hub, and LM won a beach bag full of water and beach toys,” Baurer said. 

“Additionally, two certified child passenger safety technicians were present at the event and provided 13 car seat checks, which included providing new car seats to each that were appropriate for the child and for the family’s vehicle.”

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According to Baurer, approximately 100 children turned in their passports by the end of the event. She also said Kona Ice gave out around 350 snow cones. 

“One of the community partners in attendance counted 176 individuals who visited their booth in total,” she said. 

“We had 14 amazing community partners and several Santiam Hospital volunteers to engage with children to teach them about bicycle and water safety just in time for summer vacation.”

Santiam Hospital gave away around 120 helmets and 200 life jackets to families in the Canyon, as well as taught the importance of wearing them when engaging in activities. 

The first Seasons of Safety event was held on March 28, 2023 at Stayton Middle School, kicking off Spring Break. About 30 children and their families were present at the first event, Baurer said. 

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