Parents with active youngsters should sign them up today for the biennial Progressive
Agriculture Safety Day set for Friday, June 7th from 8:30-4:00 PM at Tom Green 4-H Center located at 3168 Hwy 67 North, next to the San Angelo Animal Shelter.
The event is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in partnership with Progressive Agriculture. Founded by The Progressive Farmer magazine in 1995, the program trains and provides the resources that local communities need to conduct one-day safety programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. Because of the hands-on nature of the day, space is limited to 125 youth so pre-registration no later than June 3rd is highly recommended. Participants should be third graders and up thru 8th grade and those entering third grade in the fall are eligible. Any youth in the surrounding counties within the Concho Valley are welcome.
Courtney Redman, Tom Green County’s Extension 4-H and youth development agent and the safety day committee member, said too often safety is dismissed until an injury occurs. She
said that many times these “accidents” can be prevented with a bit of forethought and safety training. “Our whole aim here is to arm children with the basic safety information they need to recognize and react positively in a dangerous situation,” said Redman.
Sandy Taylor, Runnels County Extension Agent and chair of the local Safety Day event said, “Though this event has the word ‘Agriculture’ in its title, the information provided is actually applicable to any youth, urban or rural, who is active outdoors. We’ll address everything from animal handling precautions to seat belt safety. There are very few youth safety programs available in our part of the state that offers the assortment of safety topics we do. The day will be fast-moving, fun and packed with plenty of action.”
After the morning registration, participants will be divided into small groups which will rotate through eight safety sessions. There will be breaks for snacks, lunch, prizes and lots of valuable information on how to remain safe on the farm and at home.
Besides animal and seat belt safety; we will also address tractor safety, sun safety, chemical safety and more! The pre-registration fee is $10 per child or $30 flat-fee for families with three or more children attending. Parents are encouraged to attend the opening and closing general sessions.
For further information and to receive registration forms, contact the Tom Green
County Extension office at (325) 659-6525 or the Runnels County Extension
office at (325) 365-5042. Information & applications for the Safety Day camp can also be found on the Tom Green County Extension site at: http://tomgreen.agrilife.org/publications-3