By VS FFA Co-Reporter Kayla Schneider
Farm safety day took place on Saturday morning August 17th from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The event was open to students 3rd through 6th grade with a turn out of around 50 children.
The Vinton-Shellsburg, Benton Community, and Belle Plaine FFA chapters helped to teach one of the classes and lead groups of the children to their different sessions when it came time to switch. There were also a lot of other volunteers to help with teaching sessions and food set up. The day was organized into ten 15-minute sessions that included semi safety, skid loader safety, first aid, 911 calls, water safety, ATV safety, grain bin safety, animal safety, fire safety, and electric safety. A midday snack of a granola bar and milk was provided for the children. Lunch was also provided by Benton County Dairy and Beef Producers, which consisted of a hamburger, carrots, chips, and milk.
When the morning came winding to an end the children had to fill out a five question survey about their favorite part and a little bit of what they learned. Each child were given a farm safety day t-shirt and goodie bag. The volunteers that taught a class also had to fill out a survey about how effective they thought the day was and if anything should be improved upon for next year. All volunteers were given a t-shirt as well. Many sponsors got together to make the day work those include Benton County Farm Bureau, Unity Point Health, Iowa State Extension and Outreach, businesses, and community members. Progressive Ag donated the t-shirts and goodie bags for the event.