The Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service is team­ing up with Kohl’s Cares for Kids and Children’s Hospi­tal at OU Medical Center to teach bike safety to kids. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ardmore Convention Center.

T his is the first time for the safety program, which will feature a bicycle rodeo, which is a safety course. There will also be a bicycle safety check and the first 50 kids to attend will receive a free bicycle helmet. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided and a drawing will take place for two bicycles. The drawing is open to all participants and you do not need to be present to win.

The program is open to kids kindergarten through third grade and is free to the public. Participants will need to bring their own bicycles.

"This is the first year for this," Bob Hargis, SOAS Executive Director, said. "We are one of three ambulance services in the state that is doing this. It is for injury prevention. Summer is coming on, and there will be a lot of kids riding bikes." Dennis McKinnon, a paramedic for SOAS, is coordinating the event. Hargis said SOAS plans to make the program an annual event and is eager to see how the first one turns out.

"We are hoping for a good turnout," Hargis said. "There is going to be a focus on safety, but it will also be a lot of fun."