Community aids in teaching students safety

PRUNTYTOWN—Students at Taylor County Middle School participated in a Safety Day, with a little help from the community.

The West Virginia Farm Bureau, Taylor County held its annual Safety Day at the middle school on Thursday. The event is sponsored by the Progressive Agriculture Foundation.

Progressive Agriculture’s mission is to provide education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.

Their vision is to make sure no child would become ill, injured or die from farm, ranch and rural activities.

Event Coordinator Andrea Lambert shared that this is the 10th year the event has been held at the middle school. In the first few years, the event focused on ATV safety and farm safety.

“Throughout the years we have expanded to include agriculture, food safety, insect safety, fire safety, household chemical safety, along with drug and alcohol prevention,” said Lambert.

The students visited seven different stations throughout the day and participated in demonstrations and discussions about many topics

Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Randy Durrett and Taylor County Magistrate Rick Reese were in attendance to speak with students about drinking alcohol and the consequences that may occur from doing so.

The Taylor County Family Resource Network tested students’ knowledge on drugs and drug abuse, by having them take the National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge.

In another classroom, students had the opportunity to try to put out a stimulated fire on a screen with a fire extinguisher. Students timed each other to see who was the fastest to extinguish the flames.

Outside in the pavilion, Taylor County WVU Extension Agent John Murray held a presentation about ATV safety and spoke with students about proper safety equipment.

All children that participated in the event received a goody bag and a free t-shirt, as well as the knowledge learned from day.

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