This month will see some changes for the nation-wide Farm Safety 4 Just Kids program. Dave Schwitz, Executive Director of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids talks about the program and some of those changes coming this month:
“Most of our chapters have school people involved in them, but a lot of them are actually headed with FFA people, 4-H people, farm people, a lot of them start chapters for us. Each chapter decides on their own who they will partner with and where they go. Many times in the winter they will go to the schools and put on programs. Some of the older kids in FFA will go in there and put on a program for the FFA students and then do the same for elementary students. Most of the time the chapters are very autonomous, they decide who their members are, what their programs are and where they go.
They tell us its a lot of fun but a lot of work. Anytime you are doing an all day camp for kids it takes hundreds of volunteers to make it work. Last year we had 5500 volunteers that were part of our chapter network to put on programs.
Its an important message for everyone especially ATVs. Our animal safety, tractors and grain might be strictly farm, but the ATV part is attractive to a lot of people in towns who take them out to the country, and we know they can be quite dangerous. A lot of the program is geared toward farms.
We will have a new website and a new brand coming out in January. All of our safety materials will be in a PDF format on our site for easy free download.”