MONTVILLE, NJ – Girl Scout Jacqueline MacStudy worried when she drove with her parents to travel soccer games and saw kids riding their bikes but not wearing their helmets.

“I know a lot of kids who have gotten hurt, including my babysitter, and I didn’t want it to happen to other kids,” she says.

So when MacStudy, who will be a ninth grader in the fall, needed a topic for her Girl Scout Silver project, she decided to make it about bicycle helmet safety.

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MacStudy named her project “Heading in the Right Direction,” and met with Montville Township Police Department Captain Andrew Caggiano to coordinate with that department. Then she asked businesses for coupon donations.

“I gave the coupons to Capt. Caggiano, and he gave them to the police officers,” MacStudy said. “Whenever they see kids riding in Montville Township wearing their bike helmets, they’ll stop and give the kids a coupon, for example, for a free ice cream or a slice of pizza.”

The program began in mid-July and MacStudy hopes it will continue throughout the summer.

She also hopes to start a “Heading in the Right Direction” club at her new school.

“I want to spread safety all over,” she said. “I want to make kids aware of helmet safety and get the whole school involved. I hope we can go to businesses and the police in the town where my school is. Head injuries are serious and can ruin your sports career and even your life.”

MacStudy would like to thank the following businesses for donating coupons to her project: Bella Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, Eli’s Bagels, Gencarelli’s, Joe’s Pizza, Red Barn Restaurant, Sundaes Ice Cream, Towaco B&R Deli.