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Area 4th-graders to attend Agriculture Safety Days® event

20th anniversary of program will be celebrated on Sept. 24

More than 620 fourth-graders from Warren, Allen and Edmonson counties will participate in the 20th anniversary of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program on Sept. 24 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

The students will participate in nine educational safety sessions. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Kentucky Partnership for Farm Family Health and Safety, Inc., in partnership with the South Central Area Health Education Center and the WKU Institute for Rural Health.

The 20th anniversary of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program will be celebrated during lunch from 11 a.m. to noon with the presentation of a quilt to the representatives from the Progressive Agriculture Foundation and a proclamation by Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and Warren County Magistrate Darrell Traughber.

This program, recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, provides training and resources for local communities to conduct one-day safety and health programs that are age-appropriate, hands-on, fun, and safe for children. The KY Partnership was one of the original organizations involved in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program.

In the past 20 years, the KY Partnership Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® has provided education to more than 6,000 area students. Nationwide, the program has served more than 1.3 million children.

The KY Partnership Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® utilizes volunteers from many agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, WKU Police Department, WKU Fire Marshal, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Gander Mountain, WRECC, Volunteer Fire Departments, Jeff Holdcraft, WKU Institute for Rural Health, and WKU students in the Departments of Nursing, Public Health, Agriculture and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For information, contact Dr. Susan Jones, President of the KY Partnership for Farm Family Health and Safety, Inc., at susan.jones@wku.edu or (270) 792-5165; or Catherine Malin, Health Programs Specialist, South Central AHEC, at catherine.malin@wku.edu or (270) 745-3325.

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