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STC third graders enjoy Progressive Agriculture Safety Day

May 23, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Staff Writer , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Third graders at South Tama County attended a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held Friday at STC Elementary School.

The third graders attended sessions on how to take responsibility for their own safety, respect parents' safety rules and share safety tips with their family and friends, said Darla Thiessen, coordinator of the event from the Tama County Extension Office.

"This is the first time we've held one of these in Tama County," Thiessen said. "Other counties in our region have done it and so that's how I got into doing it. This is our first year for the Progressive Ag Safety Day."

Sessions included ATV safety, water safety, lawn mower and tractor safety, gun and knife safety and home alone safety. The afternoon session was the annual bike rodeo.

"They seem to be having a great time," Thiessen said. "Each session is 30 minutes and they seem to be staying focused in the 30 minutes. They're active and having a good time."

Three of the five stations were held outside the school. The weather cooperated for the event as temperatures were in the 70s and the skies were blue.

"We had a back-up plan," Thiessen said. "If it would have been raining, we'd have them all inside. We planned for that, but we hoped they'd be outside. It's perfect out here today."

Hands-on experiences, led by local community members, taught safety day participants lifelong safety lessons. Over time, Thiessen said she hopes that by sharing and applying the lessons learned at the safety day, participants will help to reduce the number of children who die or are injured in farm or home incidents.

The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day was sponsored by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and its sponsors.



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