Inside Parachute

Catching up with ThinkFirst contest winner

Each year, the TD ThinkFirst for Kids program aims to help students from Grades K-8 understand the idea that injuries are preventable. By using lessons and exciting additional resources, the curriculum engages kids and encourages them to think first to prevent injury before participating in their favourite activities whether they're at home, at school or playing outside. Alongside the program, an annual contest is run allowing students to submit photos, paintings, videos, poems and more in order to illustrate their understanding of the importance of safety.

With the help of a fantastic judging panel made up of representatives from the medical field, Parachute’s president, representatives from TD Bank Group, an artist, a parent, and a media/television celebrity, the top 3 classroom submissions and top 5 individual/team submissions were selected. One of our top five submissions came to us from Fort Frances, Ontario. Grace, one of the students from J.W. Walker School's Grade 7 submitted an amazing video highlighting the 2-V-1 rule for helmet safety, winning helmets for her entire unicycle club. To see her winning submission, click on the video below.

Grace picked the idea based off of one of her passions.

"I started a unicycle club at our school, so it was very easy to create a video and encourage others to use a helmet properly," she said. "I go to the skate park with my skateboard, unicycle and bicycle. Many kids don't wear helmets, but I always do because I know the consequences."

Sharing knowledge about safety with students is one of the main reasons teacher Angela Petsnick decided to include the curriculum in her plans for 2014.

"These programs are important to teachers because they give teachers the opportunity to pass on important information about helmet safety and provide activites for students to do," Petsnick said. "Students have responded well to the curriculum. We even had a guest speaker come in and talk about his head injury. I would encourage [other teachers] to use the curriculum and to participate in the contest. It's great motivation for children."

Another submission to the TD I ThinkFirst contest

As for Grace, she's more than happy with her prize.

"I use my helmet whenever I unicycle, cycle and skateboard," she said. "Thanks!"

To view more contest submissions, visit our Facebook album.

The TD ThinkFirst for Kids curriculum was developed with the generous support of TD Bank Group and is available on our website. Through educational activities, the program empowers kids to make safe decisions and teaches them how to navigate risks in their daily lives that could lead to injury.