Shippenville, PA – Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and it’s lead agency Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center held its annual Progressive Agricultural Day Thursday at the Clarion County Park.
Each year, the event draws more than 450 of second grade students from across Clarion and Forest counties to the park to learn a variety of safety lessons.
Coordinated by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES, the day features more than two dozen stations manned by volunteers from several different government agencies, not-for-profit groups, and area businesses.
“It takes a long list of people to put a day like this together,” Judy Wileof Safe Kids Clarion-Venango. “The kids and teachers seem to really enjoy and appreciate the wide range of safety lessons included during the event.”
Among the topics covered were bicycle safety and helmets, first aid, boating and water safety, handwashing and germs, sun safety, Lyme Disease and insect recognition, handling and visiting large and small animals, tobacco use prevention, butter making, and growing plants.
Some participating groups include Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps, Pennsylvania Health Department, Seth Apel family, Salvation Army, Laurel High School Future Farmers of America, Pennsylvania State Police, Oil City YMCA, Clarion County Dog Obedience Club, Central Electric, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Clarion Borough Police Department, Clarion Venango Forest Farm Bureau, Clarion County Conservation District, NWPA Bee Association, and Heavenly Gaits.
Business partners are Clarion Hospital, UPMC Northwest, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Knox, Primary Health Network, and other community organizations and businesses who donated items or money to the event.
The Clarion County event is the first of two Progressive Agricultural Days being hosted by the Safe Kids Clarion-Venango Coalition and Keystone SMILES. The second event is scheduled for May 18 at the Venango County Fairgrounds and with students from Venango County attending.