Former A’burg Public teacher delivers powerful message

 

By Joel Charron &

Emily DiCarlo

 

Former Amherstburg Public School teacher Brad Nichols hopes that children wear a helmet while riding their bike.

Nichols, along with the Brain Injury Association of Windsor Essex County (BIAWE) handed out hundreds of bike helmets to students at Nichols’ current school King Edward Elementary in Walkerville and Amherstburg Public.

Nichol’s campaign for bicycle safety began last October, when he ran a marathon and raised over $1,400 to purchase bicycle helmets for hundred of students in need.  He decided to get involved with BIAWE because he believes that the gift of a helmet is the first step to “protect the most fragile gift you have.”

Nichols knows first hand how a brain injury can affect someone’s life.

In 2010, Nichols was driving on E.C. Row Expressway with his pregnant wife Jaclyn when a car travelling in the other direction crossed the median and collided with them, hitting the driver’s side door.

Nichols’ skull was fractured, with done fragments being pushed into his brain.

 

Former Amherstburg Public teacher Brad Nichols handed out over 300 bicycle helmets between  King Edward Elementary School and Amherstburg Public Wednesday afternoon.

Former Amherstburg Public teacher Brad Nichols handed out over 300 bicycle helmets between
King Edward Elementary School and Amherstburg Public Wednesday afternoon.

After two surgeries, 10 days in intensive care, a total of four weeks in the hospital and countless hours of therapy, Nichols is much better, however he is not fully recovered.

“I have my good days and bad days,” said Nichols, who works half days teaching Grade 4 at King Edward Elementary. “Every day there is a barrier to climb.”

Nichols also teamed up with local police to give a presentation to Amherstburg Public’s student body. The presentation focused on the importance to wearing a helmet and raised awareness about bicycle traffic laws, rules of the road and the dangers of not being conscious of one’s own safety.

“Wearing a bike helmet isn’t only for safety, it’s the law,” said Sr. Const. Melissa Taylor.

Taylor said provincial law requires all cyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding a bike on a roadway or sidewalk.

The fine for not wearing a helmet is $75.

Students were also taught the “2V1” method of ensuring a helmet fits properly.

Nichols estimated roughly 350 helmets were given two between the two schools.

“You were born with one incredible gift, your brain,” said Nichols. “You have an obligation to take care of it, always protect it.”

2 responses to “Former A’burg Public teacher delivers powerful message”

  1. Sybill Boose says:

    Nichols you are an amazing person for helping out our kids & still looking out for them at APS !!! THANK FOR BEING SO CARING!!!! WE MISS U AT APS!! Sybill Boose

  2. Ty says:

    Great job in encouraging children to wear helmets! We need to ensure that they wear them not only biking, but skateboarding and doing other sports as well.
    Way to go Brad!