JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 2009 Farm and Home Safety Expo kicked off Wednesday morning at the Craighead County Fairgrounds. About 365 fifth grade students from five schools across Region 8 attended. Dr. Kevin Humphrey, the Director of the safety expo explains the importance of the event.
Humphrey said, "What we're trying to do is address things that every child of this age would be exposed to; like mowing the lawn, the need to know what to do in case of an emergency with the fire department or the emergency medics. Those types of things to help them learn to make the right decisions."
Ten different safety stations taught the students valuable, life-saving tips. Brookland High School Agriculture Teacher Homer Lenderman has been involved with the event since it began 10 years ago. He focused on lawn mower safety, but said that wasn't the only thing kids learned about.
Lenderman said the following stations were there, "K8 weather safety group is here today, we have hunter safety, we have ATV safety, we have chemical safety, we have hand washing safety, we have animal safety. Almost every one of these kids here will be involved in probably at least 8 of these 10 areas at some point in the near future."
Lenderman said this particular event hits close to home after losing a close friend.
Lenderman said, "Here in the last two months it's been very important to me because the ag teacher at Manila, a dear friend of mine was killed in a tragic tractor accident."
Dr. Humphrey said, "I hope that they have now a little bit of back log of information that they can run through their mind before they do something. So they can choose the safe route."