ARPS Partners with Amherst Police Department on Safety Initiative

See also the PSA on AmherstMedia about Safe Seats for Kids.

The Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools are proud to partner withthe Amherst Police Department to announce a new safety initiative “SafeSeats for Kids”.

New infant car seats and booster seats are available free of chargeto income-eligible families in the Amherst-Pelham Regional PublicSchools. Amherst Police Department will distribute car seats and conductcar safety inspections during the last week of August.

Police Chief Scott Livingstone and the APD utilized the ExecutiveOffice Safety Grant to obtain $4000 and purchased nearly 300 infant carseats and booster seats. “We immediately thought of the many families inneed and contacted the Office of the Superintendent to launch thisprogram” Livingstone stated.

APD Sgt. Jesus Arocho said, “The Amherst Police Department iscommitted to keeping our children safe and recognize that motor vehiclecrashes pose a tremendous risk for children. When properly installed,child safety seats reduce the risk of death in a motor vehicle crash by71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. Safety belts reduce the risk ofdeath or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash by up to 50%.”

Use this chart as a general guide to children and safety seats:

Infants birth -1 year 20-22 lbs infant seat or rear-facing convertible Toddlers 1-4 years 20-40 lbs convertible of forward-facing Young Children 5-7 years 41 lbs to 57” belt positioning booster seat Children 8-12 years greater than 57” seat belt

Families who qualify financially are invited to come to the southparking lot at Amherst Regional Middle School on the following days:

Wednesday, Aug 31 1-4pmThursday, Sept 1 11-3pmFriday, Sept 2 11-3pm

Maria Geryk, Superintendent of Schools states, “'Safe Seats for Kids'is a wonderful initiative which benefits many families in our communityand ensures the safety of young children while riding in cars. We areextremely grateful to the APD and their generous offer to keep ourchildren safe and educate parents and caregivers about the importance ofcar safety.”

Please contact Kimberly Stender, Volunteer Coordinator, with questions at stenderk@arps.org or 413-362-1825. 

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is tocreate a dynamic learning community where students and staff worktogether and where all students are supported and challenged to achievetheir full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civicendeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and studentsstrive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect andappreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learningstyles.

Last updated October 11, 2011