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Safety First Day Camps draw students from throughout area

In 2007 Safety First Day Camps reached about 400 5th grade students from 12 schools in West Central Minnesota with critical safety education.

Keeping our youth safe is a priority for the Safety First Coalition Team as childhood injury is still the No. 1 cause of death of children today.

In 2008, the Safety First Day Camps is May 13-14 at the Lee Community Center in Morris.

Safety First has received national recognition for teaching safety to youth in a "hands-on learning" format and also networking with many agencies in the community to focus on the safety of the youth.

The objectives of the program are to:

• Develop hazard recognition skills among the participants;

• Teach safety in a hands-on, interactive learning setting;

• Develop proper actions in farm and home situations;

• Reduce the number of childhood injuries.

Schools in West Central Minnesota build the Safety First program into their curriculum for the day and the students participate in the field trip setting.

Experts, professionals and educators will deliver safety education on the following topics and more:

• Gas Safety

• Chemical Safety

• Gun Safety

• Grain and Sand Entrapment

• Small Animal Safety

• Electrical Safety

• PTO's and Reaction Time

• ATV and Snowmobile Safety

• Water Safety

• First Aid Safety

• Electrical Safety

• Livestock Safety

• Lawn Mower Safety

• Bicycle Safety

The following schools are registered to participate in this year's camps:

• Big Stone County -- Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Elementary, James Knoll Elementary, Ortonville

• Chippewa County -- Lac qui Pane Middle School

• Grant County -- Herman-Norcross Elementary, West Central Area North and South Elementary

• Pope County -- Minnewaska Area Intermediate School

• Stevens County -- Chokio-Alberta Elementary, Hancock Elementary, Morris Elementary and St. Mary's Elementary

• Swift County -- Benson Elementary

• Traverse County -- Browns Valley Elementary, Pearson Elementary, Wheaton

For more information or to make a donation to support the Safety First Day Camps, contact the Stevens County Extension Office at (320) 589-7423.