Preventing Brain Injury at Guilford Elementary School

For the sixth year in a row,  Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. visited Guilford Elementary School for their Bike Rodeo! Attorney Doug Landau tries to visit as many local elementary school as possible before school ends and summer begins to present his Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and bike helmet giveaway program.

Melissa Landau, P.E. teacher Mark Pankau and attorney Doug Landau

Physical Education teacher Mark Pankau has been a tremendous help in ensuring that students are not only educated in the importance of wearing a bike helmet but that they will actually put it into practice. He required all students and parents to read and sign a “Helmet Pledge and Contract” stating that they would promise to wear a helmet and obey bike safety rules before they could receive a free helmet.

Volunteers from Reston Bible Church, P.E. teacher Mark Pankau, Janice Jennings, and attorney Landau preparing for the Lids on Kids program at Guilford Elementary School

Attorney Landau gave his usual presentation on why it’s so important for everyone to protect their heads properly when riding a bike and gave real life examples of what could happen if you don’t wear a helmet and you get injured. Then, with the help of the Abrams Landau team, P.E. teacher Mark Pankau, a few volunteers from Reston Bible Church, and former assistant principal Janice Jennings—now head of the Safe Routes to School program in Loudoun County—numerous students of all ages were fitted with complimentary, new bike helmets. Afterwards, they went outside to the playground to practice their skills and learn safe biking techniques.

Students practice their bike skills with their new helmets on outside the school

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at, or call our office (703-796-9555).