Summer is here! No school for most of us, and now is the time when our activity rate picks up even more. Staying active is a wonderful thing to do, but there could be an injury at any moment. I'm not trying to tell you to stay inside on the couch all day. I'm trying to say to stay active, but play safe and by the rules.

I think one thing you can try to do is stay off trampolines. Believe it or not, they are one of the leading causes of injuries in kids. You can break your neck, arm, leg and other parts of your body. You can also dislocate your arm, have muscle damage and disabling head traumas. Many of these injuries end with kids going to the emergency room. To make this safer, you should make sure that the trampoline has nets around it, and only one kid at a time should use it.

Trampolines aren't the only place where injuries occur. You can get hurt in gymnastics, football, hockey, soccer and other sports. You can't play scared, but you should be careful.

One of the worst injuries in kids is concussions. They can be caused when two kids crash head to head in contact sports. Kids with concussions have to stay out of recess, gym and sports. Other injuries are fractured collarbones and knees. To make this safer, try to keep your head up.

Here are some ways to prevent injuries. Try to stay safe by wearing the proper head gear, wear all the gear needed, follow the rules and remember to warm up or stretch before and after starting to play. Make sure you have water and stay hydrated. I am outside all summer long having fun, but being careful is important, too.


Did you ever go to Stony Brook's Carriage Museum? If not, you should. We'll tell you all about it.

First, the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages is a place to rediscover the richness of America's culture heritage. It is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum has tons of exceptional rooms like the art room. The room holds many paintings. Stony Brook has more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures and prints created from the 1800s to the present. Of course, there is a carriage room. The collection includes about 200 horse-drawn carriages, and about 100 of them are on display daily.

As you can see, Stony Brook's Carriage Museum has a lot of interesting rooms and objects. You should absolutely think about going there this summer. Before you go, you can find out lots of interesting things by visiting them online: It is at 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook. Call 631-751-0066.

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CLASS OF THE WEEK Mary Fernandes' fifth-grade class, MINNESAUKE SCHOOL, East Setauket