On August 1, 2012, 44 youth, all children of temporary migrant workers who are employed during the summer in the agricultural sector in Kent and Sussex County, were treated to a Ag Safety Day Camp, a full day of extracurricular activities organized by Delaware Cooperative Extension Safety Agent Mike Love, and his team of volunteers from Sussex Central High School FFA. The day was part of a six week summer program developed to promote academic, safety and other learning experiences for children of temporary migrant workers who travel throughout the country.
Wednesday’s day trip to the Carvel Research and Education Center included several educational demonstrations or “classes” so that children could have the opportunity to enhance their safety skills in different environments that they encounter. Because many of the program’s children live on Delaware farms, agricultural equipment was an emphasis for the day.
Children arrived with their teachers from Eagle’s Nest and Milford Boys and Girls Club and watched demonstrations on child safety restraints and their proper use, air bag deployment, chemical and ATV safety, safety around water, and safe practices around a variety of home and farm equipment. While the primary purpose of the federal program concentrates on academics, the summer day trips, such as this safety exposition, reflect common and practical scenarios that the children encounter in their day – to-day lives on the farm and on the road.
Maria Mendoza, field agent and migrant advocate from the Delaware Department of Education explained the value of their visit with Cooperative Extension. “These children are on the road a lot, traveling from state to state.” says Mendoza. “Typically these children are in Delaware with their families during the growing season from June to August.”
Through the collaborative efforts, children receive extensive educational reinforcement, which today included safety training on many levels. View our photo gallery of the day on our Flickr set
Here’s Mike explaining the purpose of Ag Safety Day and see a highlight of one of the demonstrations:
Photos & video by Lisa Collins and Michele Walfred