Safety Day targets fifth grade students from all Harlan County Schools, Harlan County Christian School and Harlan Independent Middle School.
The students will rotate through eight or nine 12- to 15-minute sessions. The sessions will consist of Gun Safety, taught by the Harlan City Police, and Water and Boating Safety taught by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Harlan Fire Department will present Fire Safety. Bicycle Safety will be taught.
Harlan County Sheriff’s Office and Harlan County Schools Safe Schools Director,Jimmy Middleton will allow students to experience the DUI Goggles Program.
Fish and Wildlife will also present ATV safety sessions.
The National Weather Service will present Weather Safety.
Harlan EMS and the Harlan County Rescue Squad will be showing the equipment used in emergencies.
The Kentucky State Police will also present a program on safety.
Fifth graders will learn about a variety of safety aspects during these “hands on” experiences. An emergency helicopter from one of the area hospitals will make a stop if the weather is favorable. This is one of the highlights of safety day as the students get a close up look at an air ambulance used in southeast Kentucky.
The 4-H Safety Day will consist of a morning session of classes of students from James A. Cawood Elementary, Cawood Elementary, Harlan Middle, Rosspoint and Green Hills schools rotating classes from 8:55- 11a.m. Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., the helicopter will make an appearance for all students.
The afternoon session will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:35 p.m. with classes from Cumberland Elementary, Evarts, Black Mountain, Wallins, Victory Road and Harlan County Christian schools rotating through the nine sessions.
Presenters take great pride in their fields of expertise and provide valuable time to make our safety day a success.
School administrators, principals and teachers are appreciated for allowing their students to take part in these valuable life lessons, as well as the National Guard Armory for the use of their facilities for the past nine years, said Raymond Cox, organizer of the event.
For more information on 4-H Safety Day contact the Cox at 273-0835.