The annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day hosted by Grundy County Extension & Outreach 4-H Program was held Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds!
Youth from BCLUW, Dike-New Hartford, AGWSR, Timothy Christian, Reinbeck & Grundy Center attended eleven safety sessions during the school day. Community partners helped teach sessions on chemicals, tractor & semi visibility, rural health, drug awareness, lawn mower safety, electricity, first aid, gun & outdoor safety, grain bin, fire & sun safety topics.
It is not a typical day in the class room for students & teachers. Participants get a chance to do some hands on activities, walk to sessions around the fairgrounds and enjoy the outdoors. For some youth, this is the first time they get an up close look inside and out of a tractor or semi and learn more about visibility awareness. Or get a chance to see what can happen when something like a kite hits a power line.
Green Belt Bank & Trust employees served lunch for 250 youth and approximately 50 volunteers in 15 minutes.
"I enjoy working with the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Foundation," said Andrea Traeger
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Coordinator & Grundy County 4-H & Youth Coordinator. "They care about the safety of our youth and the importance of safety education. The support they provide to each Progressive Agriculture Safety Day across the United States and Canada is tremendous!"
Each of the presenters have taken time to add their own touch to their session making it just as much fun for them as it was for the kids. Monsanto has committed four to five volunteers to help teach Chemical & Grain Bin Safety sessions. They have been a part of safety day for eleven years. There are years in the past that they have also donated time to helping set up for the event moving chairs and tables to each location.
At the end of the day everyone takes a moment to fill out evaluation forms that ask them about what the most important things they learned are, what they are going to do to be safer at home or on a farm, what class they liked the most, why they liked it and what they would change about the day.
"The highlight of my day starts when I get on the bus to greet the kids and see all the smiles on their faces. It is fun to watch the kids connect with the presenters and interact with each other during the day. I am not sure who was having more fun the kids or presenters at the end of the fire safety session when the kids raced to put on all the gear. The kids remember the fun they had and that excitement goes home with them when they talk to their parents about their day," said Andrea, "I enjoy the opportunity to work with a great group of volunteers who care just as much about the safety of our youth as I do."
The hope is that by sharing and applying lessons learned at our safety days will help participants reduce the number of rural children who are injured or die from accidents. Safety Days are made possible by Progressive Agriculture Foundation and the many sponsors that support the organization. Andrea Traeger has attended Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Coordinator training and hosted safety days in Grundy Center for eleven years. The Progressive Agriculture Foundation has supported coordinators with training, safety topic curriculum, and tremendous support. Their sponsorship includes free T-shirts for everyone, goodie bags, insurance, curriculum, training for coordinators and support for the safety day.
The success of our Progressive Agriculture Safety Days is largely due to the tremendous support of organizations in Grundy County who either donate items for goodie bags or employees and volunteers to help teach safety sessions throughout the day.