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.
Children of migrant workers may be exposed to various farm equipment – This program teaches them how to be careful around specialized machinery.
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.”
The Sussex County chapter of Safe Kids is pleased to partner with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Sussex Tech High School and other organizations in presenting the 2011 Sussex County Safe Kids Day on Wednesday, August 10 at Sussex Tech High School. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and admission is free. Download a pdf Safe Kids Day flier here.
Always a popular event among children, parents, caregivers and youth clubs, the Sussex County Safe Kids Day had been on hiatus the past two years, to allow renovations to Sussex Tech’s athletic complex.
“We are very excited to return to our neighbors at Sussex Tech and offer this terrific event,” says Mike Love, UD safety Extension agent. Love, whose office is next door at the Carvel Research and Education Center is also a board member of Safe Kids- Sussex County and organizes Safe Kids Day. “There will be about 25-30 exhibitors and activity displays representing many partner organizations, such as Beebe Medical Center. We are appreciative of the response and teamwork,” Love says. Incentives and giveaways are a popular feature. A limited number of safety information kits will be available to the earliest arrivals.
Cheryl Littlefield, chairperson of Safe Kids- Sussex County is all about getting the word out in a big way about injury prevention. An registered nurse and Emergency Management Coordinator with Beebe Medical Center, Littlefield is “thrilled that so many organizations are coming together for the benefit of Delaware’s children.” In addition to individual families, children involved with youth clubs and camps, and day care centers are welcome. Littlefield says. “We can reach a large number of children with this one event.”
Young visitors, carrying their yellow safety kit bags make the rounds at the various exhibits and displays at a past Safe Kids Day
As in past years, children will be the VIPs at this year’s Sussex County Safe Kids Day. The theme for this injury prevention exhibition is Safe Summer Fun! The efforts of several exhibits and activities will be to inform and teach parents, caregivers and children alike about the ways to stay safe during the summer and throughout the year.
The program identifies risks associated with popular summer activities and the unfortunate escalating number of recreational and sports-related injuries. Parents and children think of summer as the season for fun and relaxation, but emergency room doctors know it as “trauma season.” In fact, children will be rushed to the emergency room nearly 3 million times this summer. To help kids learn to play safe, the 2011 Sussex County Safe Kids Day will include focused exhibits and activities on bicycles, motor vehicles, water safety, fire safety, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and the many other activities that can lead to injuries.
Sussex Technical High School athletic complex is located on Route 9, between Georgetown and Laurel. For more information contact Mike Love at 302-856-2585 ext 583 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Kids- Sussex County challenges every parent and caregiver to join us in protecting America’s most precious resources—our children.