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Sahil Prakash, a sixth-grade student at Crockett Intermediate School, brought his award-winning bicycle safety campaign to the Paris City Council this week.
He won first place at the state level in Texas Future Problem Solving competition with “Project Bike,” which encourages bike riding and promotes bike safety.
In his appearance before the city council on Monday, Prakash said his interest was provoked by a newspaper story he read about a 6-year-old boy who suffered serious injury when he was hit while riding his bicycle.
“Also, I have seen many citizens in the community who are riding their bike without a helmet and who are not following the rules of the road,” he said.
Prakash has created a bike safety DVD for presentations to schools, civic clubs and community events.
He asked the city council to consider a bicycle safety ordinance that would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from riding a bicycle on a public road or sidewalk without wearing a helmet.
Many cities – including Dallas, Austin and Houston – already have such ordinances, he said.
He invited council members to his “Bike Rodeo” on May 4, an event that will promote bike safety.
Prakash will be at Bloomington, Ind., for international Problem Solving competition with his bike safety project.
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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.
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