Lids for Kids

Carlton County Rider volunteers help size helmets for their Lids for Kids program at the ATV class in Barnum.

The Carlton County Riders (CCR) hosted a Youth All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Certification class Saturday, April 17 at the Barnum Fire Department. The CCR provided a free helmet and goggles to each of the 24 participating youth through their Lids 4 Kids program, said Eric Senarighi, club president.

Jeff Birman

Jeff Birman, a Carlton County Riders volunteer, ask students various questions about the ATV that they will use for certification at an event in April. Birman asks questions such as where is the gas or break as well as several other questions. When they are done the students go through an obstacle course.

Jacinda Wright

Jacinda Wright, 16, drives over an obstacle during the ATV certification event in Barnum recently. The students need to show that they know the rules and can navigate a variety of obstacles as well as know hand signals. The event is put on by the Carlton County Riders Club.

Parents are required to attend the event with their child so they are aware of what they learn, said Roxy Olsen-Hurst, Barnum Community Ed director. Community Ed provided snacks for the event as well as advertised the event last year before everything closed due to the pandemic, including the certification class.

Jacinda Wright

Jacinda Wright, 16, drives over an obstacle during the ATV certification event in Barnum recently. The students need to show that they know the rules and can navigate a variety of obstacles as well as know hand signals. The event is put on by the Carlton County Riders Club.

Jacinda Wright

Jacinda Wright, 16, drives over an obstacle during the ATV certification event in Barnum recently. The students need to show that they know the rules and can navigate a variety of obstacles as well as know hand signals. The event is put on by the Carlton County Riders Club.

Jennifer Wright, Sturgeon Lake, attended with her two daughters. Her daughter, Jacinda, 16, said she learned how to drive an ATV on the family’s property when she was young. She said she is comfortable driving an ATV, but is required to take the class to receive her certification. 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officer Scott Staples spoke to parents and kids during the classroom portion of the event. He said laws change every year and residents should check the state website in order to stay updated. He also praised Senarighi and the CCR for the work they do on the trails in Carlton County.

Eric Senerigi

Eric Senerigi, president of the Carlton County Riders Club, teaches area youth ATV rules and regulations so they can become certified. The class was held at the Barnum Fire Department in April. It was not advertised as the class was already full due to the cancellation of last springs class.

Senarighi said they are tentatively planning a fall certification class. Anyone interested can check the Carlton County Riders Club Facebook page or the website for updates. 

 

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