AUBURN – Children at the Child Health Center’s Auburn Preschool took their first field trip in their new child passenger safety seats.

The parents at the preschool purchased the child passenger safety seats so that the children could safely travel to local sites on field trips. Sue Gold, associate director of the Child Health Center, stated, “We enjoy taking the children on field trips. However, when the agency began the ProtectME Program we, as an agency, learned how important it is to ensure that the children in our care are transported in appropriate child passenger safety seats.”

Each year the preschool holds several fund-raisers with the help of parents, and this year they decided the funds earned would be used to purchase seats to use in the Community Concepts’ vans so that the children could take field trips.

“We hope that through our example more preschools and parents will become aware of the need to ensure that all children are transported safely,” said Gold.

The Child Health Center’s ProtectME Program, with support from the United Way of Androscoggin County, offers a free fitting station the second Monday of every month.

Families are able to have certified child passenger technicians inspect their child passenger safety seats to be sure that they are being installed properly and that their children are being appropriately restrained.

The Child Health Center is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help improve the health and well being of children and their families in western and central Maine. The center has offices in Norway, Auburn and Rumford. For more information call 743-7035 in Norway or 782-5437 in Auburn.


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