Elementary school students learn about farm safety


Like many other farming communities, Yoder and Haven have their fair share of farming accidents.

Because of these tragedies, Baylee Knapp, the Haven High School agriculture teacher, started Farm Safety Day two years ago, when she first came to the district.

“We want to let kids know how important farm safety is,” Knapp said.

This year, more than 40 high school FFA students designed and implemented the day. They brought in a farmer, the Reno County Farm Bureau, MKC, farm animals and equipment.

“We’ve spent many, many hours planning this up,” said Haven High School’s FFA president, Jhet Spradlin. “It’s quite a bit of work, but it’s worth it.”

Students from kindergarten through fourth grade learned how to operate a lawnmower, not to stand behind a horse, what to feed a pig and not to run behind any farm equipment.

“You don’t want people to hurt themselves,” said Dalton Smith, a senior. “There’s a right way to do things and a wrong way.”

Dalton, who lives on a traditional farm in Reno County, showed the children how to wear goggles and drive a riding lawnmower in the correct manner.

“I really liked the bunnies,” said Kymberlyn Mills, 9. “You don’t put your fingers in a bunny’s mouth, or they can bite you.”

Ashton Gillenwater, 9, was also excited to pet the rabbits. “They’re cute and fluffy,” he said.

But what he brought away from the event was how much “oil” (lanolin) a sheep can produce. “They average about 7 lbs. of wool a year,” said Allyson Bosley, a sophomore, who told the students about Buddy, a three-year-old ram. “They live between 10 to 12 years.”

When Karmen Pina, 9, petted a horse named Sugar, she was surprised to learn that horses need to have their hoofs trimmed.

Another fact the children learned about was how quickly someone could be pulled under in a grain bin if they did not use safety precautions.





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