Day set for June 4
A Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® for children ages 5 to 11 is being planned for Saturday, June 4th, 2011, at Nezperce, Idaho, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Several local as well as national sponsors in conjunction with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation are sponsoring the event. According to Shari Kuther, coordinator for the event, children often see farm and livestock operations as an exciting playground – providing endless hours of fun and adventure. But these facilities and the livestock and equipment on them also can set the stage for tragedy.
Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms. This spring and summer, Shari said, safety days, such as this one, are being held all across the U.S. and Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and 3 Canadian provinces to teach rural children how to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of accidents. During the day, children participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.
The day features many hands-on activities as well as educational experiences geared toward the many hazards kids face every day. Some of the topics lined up for this year include bicycle safety, auto/road safety, PTO’s, and fire safety. Other sessions are still in the works as well.
National and local sponsors of the safety days hope participants will maintain a healthy respect for farm hazards throughout their lives, and that, ultimately, the numbers of deaths and injuries among rural children will decline. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are sponsored nationally by Bunge, Crop Production Services, Agrium, Farm Credit, John Deere, Toyota, Monsanto, and Pioneer.
Parents can register their children to participate by calling Marci Stapleton at 937-2348 , or registration forms are available at local ag-related businesses. Registrations must be received by June 1st, 2011. A $5.00/child or $10.00/family registration fee for the event covers lunch, snacks, a take-home packet and a safety day t-shirt. If you’d like to be a sponsor, or volunteer to help, or have questions about what the day teaches, please call Shari Kuther at 937-2359.