The 17th annual 4-H Safety Day will be held April 6 at the Harlan National Guard Armory. Safety Day targets fifth grade students from all Harlan County Schools and Harlan Independent Middle School.
The students will rotate through nine 15 minute sessions. The sessions will consist of gun safety, taught by the Harlan City Police and ATV safety presented by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Water and boating safety will be taught by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Harlan Fire Department will present fire safety. Bicycle safety will be taught by Nathan Boggs of Harlan County Farm Bureau. Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and Jimmy Middleton from the Harlan County of Board of Education will allow students to experience the DUI Goggles Program. The National Weather Service will present weather safety. Harlan Trans Star and Harlan Rescue Squad will be showing the equipment used in emergencies. The Department of Agriculture will have the Roll-Over Tractor on display.
Fifth-graders will learn a variety of safety aspects during these “hands on” experiences. An emergency helicopter from the area ARH Hospital will make a stop by the armory between sessions, providing the weather is favorable, between 11 and 11:30 a.m. This is one of the highlights of Safety Day as the students get a close up look at an emergency helicopter used in southeast Kentucky.
4-H Safety Day will consist of a morning session of classes of students from James A. Cawood Elementary, Cawood Elementary, Harlan Middle, Evarts and Green Hill schools rotating classes from 8:45 until 11 a.m.. The afternoon session will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:40 p.m. with classes from Cumberland, Rosspoint, Black Mountain and Wallins schools rotating through the nine sessions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our presenters this year for teaching these sessions. Our presenters take great pride in their fields of expertise and provide their valuable time to make our Safety Day a success. I would also like to thank school administrators, principals and teachers for allowing their students to take part in these valuable life lessons.
4-H Windowsill Garden Projects are underway in all schools and will continue into April. The 4-H Chick Incubation Project is expecting over 40 dozen baby chicks to start hatching this week in all schools, as well. Spring is a busy season for 4-H. 4-H Camp applications have been mailed to campers who have attended camp in previous summers and are available on the web and in the office for campers 9-13 years old. Contact Raymond Cox, 4-H agent/youth development for more information about all 4-H projects at [email protected]; Office: 606-573-4464 or cell: 606-273-0835.
Raymond Cox is the Harlan County extension agent for 4-H/youth development. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.