About 350 fourth grade students from each of the county’s elementary schools, along with students from Stevenson Elementary took part in the annual Progressive Ag “Safety Day” held Sept. 16 all day at the Logan County Extension Office.
The day began around 9 a.m. and wrapped up by 2 p.m. There were 100 volunteers on hand to help students move between several stations. Topics included ATV/Mower, water, food, germs, sun, internet, electrical, fire, bicycle, flood and police safety.
“We’ve had several community sponsors and partners ranging from monetary donations, food donations, presenters, equipment, etc.,” said Gary Michael Templeman, Logan County Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Agent.
This year’s presenters and community partners included the Logan County FFA, Russellville High School Beta club, Lewisburg Fire Department, Russellville Fire Department, Russellville Rural Fire Department, Auburn Fire Department, the Carpenter Center, the Logan County Health Department, the Logan County Extension Office, Logan County Soil Conservation District, Russellville Police Department, FRYSC centers, Logan County schools, Russellville schools, Pennyrile Electric, the Logan County Cattlemen, PHI and Air Evac.
The Russellville High School Beta Club and Logan County FFA served as group leaders for each of the classes.
The fire departments brought in fire trucks for the children to observe and PHI and Air Evac landed helicopters on site as part of the day’s events.
“Nationally we are recognized by and partnered with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation,” said Templeman, who was the coordinator, along with Logan County and Russellville Family Resource Centers planning the event. Amanda Gossett with State Farm was the assistant coordinator.
“I heard nothing but positive remarks. I also heard several teachers and parents mention how great this program is and were happy to see the youth in Logan County receiving this kind of “safety” education,” Templeman said adding, “The program is fun for everyone involved and was another success this year. I’m glad to see so many people in Logan County come out to volunteer and support these young people in learning about how to live a safer lifestyle.”
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