A group of high school students will be on the streets of Yellowknife Saturday afternoon encouraging the use of helmets.

The students from St. Patrick High School will be offering prizes to cyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders wearing helmets. For those not wearing helmets, they'll be giving out $40 coupons to help purchase one.

Reid Tait, a Grade 10 student and vice-president of the school’s Interact Club, said the idea was inspired by Josh Hardy, a student who died in a skateboarding accident last year.


Josh Hardy, 18, was skateboarding along the Frame Lake Trail in Yellowknife in the summer 0f 2012 when he fell off his board and fractured his skull. He later died in hospital in Edmonton. (family photo)

"Our school lost a student this past summer because of not wearing a helmet and we thought this was something that was really important to us," he said.

"We thought that positive reinforcement was a great way to encourage people to keep wearing helmets."

The students will be out looking for helmets in Yellowknife Saturday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m.