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  • "Each family was provided a carbon monoxide detector for their home in hopes that the participants' homes will be a little safer as a result of them attending our event."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The teachers love this program. It runs well and they are receiving a guaranteed product and help us make sure the schools allow us to host them every year."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "One of the immediate impacts we saw was the sun safety being put to use. Following our Safety Day was a schoolwide field day. Several of the students asked their teachers if they could find their younger sibling to apply sunscreen on them."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Parents were present and were able to hear all the lessons that were taught and were able to ask questions of the presenters afterwards. Caution Go Slowly signs were given to each family to put at the end of their laneway."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We live in a rural community and Safety Days are vital to our communities. I continue to receive support from new businesses and volunteers. We include our FFA students as instructors, which provides them with valuable experience and a chance to be positive role models for our youth."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We got a very nice note from a bus driver, who said the kids on her bus ride home from school the evening after Safety Day were telling her all about what they had learned and how much they enjoyed the program."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "93% of the participants reported that they learned more than a regular school day. Many reported they are going to wear seat belts every single time they leave home and just try to be safer."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We have former student participants, who are now college graduates and come back to volunteer with the program."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Several students had the opportunity to be interviewed by the radio. It was so rewarding to listen to what they had learned throughout the Safety Day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Youth could relate the safety lessons to incidents that happened to their family of in their own life. With the safety lessons offered, we are hopefully future incidents will be nonexistent."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The feedback from teachers, principals and past volunteers was this was the best Safety Day yet. Parents have reached out to the teachers saying how much the kids enjoyed themselves as well as posted very positive feedback on the school's FaceBook page. All this make the effort definitely worth it!!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Every single kid raised their hand when asked if they learned something they didn't know before."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The excitement of the students telling their parents about the Safety Day makes it very worthwhile. The community involvement is impressive how everyone can come together for that common goal of making each student safer and doing our part to make sure each one of them is back next year."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Six FFA student helped me. It was fun watching the FFA kids interact and share personal stories with the third graders. One FFA member has a brother with disabilities. She shared personal experiences with the kids that was awesome. Made her station extra special."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The level of trust and respect form the Amish community has increased a little each and every year we host the Safety Day. This year, we had more dads come along with classrooms and this is harvest time!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "I had a group of children come up to me during lunch a told me a story of how one of the children’s dads was recently injured in a ATV incident and how she was going to explain to him how he can be safer so it doesn't happen again."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We sent 119 children home with brand new Neoprene life jackets and safety vests!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We are making a difference! The kids learn, and from the kids, the parents learn. When we reach a child, we reach the whole family."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "According to the evaluations afterwards, all of the fourth graders feel they are better prepared for emergencies and the preventative things they can do to keep safe."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "One of our volunteer fireman stated that he attended a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® many years ago with his son, who was now in college, and he said that is one of the very best safety events held for students."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The community support for our Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® is fabulous! Before I even returned home from our Safety Day, I had couple of emails from parents saying how much their children enjoyed the day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "187 youth have an ATV helmet for continued safety at home. When thanking the FFA instructor for his students presenting a lesson, he said even though it has been a few years since they have attended, his daughters still comment on things they have learned at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Amazing to see so many community partners and relationships develop for a common cause and passion of farm safety."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We believe this was an eye opener for those who attended. Having an injured farmer there to talk about his mistake, how it has effective his daily life and business made people realize the importance of equipment safety."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Students are very proactive when it comes to handwashing after participating in the Safety Day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Kids are walking away with real safety knowledge and parents are thankful we are doing this. We have already received notice of more volunteers and local sponsorship for next year. We always hear stories throughout the year how Safety Day saved someone from harm."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "One parent said their child came home and was pointing specific things out around the farm, like missing PTO shields that needs to be replaced and electrical safety tips. I am always happy to hear things like this, because then I know some of the messages are getting through to the kids."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "My son, Ryan, absolutely LOVED the Safety Day. He's been carrying the first aid kit around in his pocket. He's also been sleeping with it. Sean is going thru community emergent response team CERT training and Ryan happened to attend with him the night of Safety Day. They are going to let Ryan attend a teenager CERT training class. Whoever came up with this idea, I commend!"
    -- Parent
  • "The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® sparked conversations of safety between teachers and students at our school!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "In addition to the hands-on learning the students experienced, local volunteers and businesses have built stronger relationships and will be more likely to work together on this and other community projects in the future."
    -- Parent
  • "We received a phone call from a mom after the Safety Day telling us her daughter told her Dad he was supposed to be wearing a harness if he went in the grain bin. That tells me the messages taught to the kids were passed on to the parents!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "My grandson had an awesome day yesterday.  He was overflowing with information last evening and on our way to school this morning.  I wish I could have spent the day enjoying your program."
    -- Grandparent
  • "I met up with one of the men from the Hutterite colony where we had done the Safety Day. He said because of his involvement in the large machinery sessions, he has been used as one of the 'safety teachers' to the youth on the colony. He has had children remind him of proper safety use also. I have had several children from other colonies continuously ask, “When are you putting on another Safety Day?"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Youth were provided safety education to become more aware of danger signs and how to react to them. We had so much positive support of community sponsors and volunteers to make the program possible!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Our community is starting to wrap their arms around our Safety Day. We had several businesses offer to help us at our next year's Safety Day which is amazing. Thank you to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation for giving us the opportunity to change children's lives for the better."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Three of our presenters attended Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® as youth and are back teaching a future generation."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We had a young man injured last fall in an industrial/agriculture related incident who came and spoke as an opening session. He felt that being able to tell his story was a huge step in the healing process for both he and his wife."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Each family who had a child at our Safety Day received a weather radio. Following the event, as blizzard watch spread across our region, I received a photo of one of our participants setting up his family's weather radio so his family could keep track of weather conditions."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "About a week after Safety Day a past participant went for help when his grandmother was having a heart attack. He told first responders he knew what to do from what he learned from Progressive Ag Safety Day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "This past year, we had a few parents and grandparents attend. Once the program was over, a grandparent of one of the participants stated that he researched Progressive Agriculture Safety Days and the tragic story behind the child that was killed. He has vowed to stop letting his young grandchildren ride the tractor at his farm. He used the motto 'Bury the tradition, not the child.'"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Each child was educated on how to properly install a smoke detector and was furnished with two to take home."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "We received a phone call from a mom after the Safety Day telling us her daughter told her Dad he was supposed to be wearing a harness if he went in the bin. That tells us the messages taught to the kids were passed on to the parents!"
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "I have been interested in working on a project like this in our area for a long time. Thank you for providing me with the tools to do it! We could not have done this without Progressive Agriculture. Please know that you, the sponsors and others are all having a tremendous impact on so many lives. Thank you so much for this."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "A Safety Day participant had an occasion to use the 911 training the day after our Safety Day, when a neighbor child fell off his bike and hit his head on a concrete bridge abutment. There were no adults nearby. Josh got a cell phone, and called 911 and was able to give exact directions. He knew what to expect because of his Safety Day training. He also knew how to stop the bleeding thanks to the first aid session. The child needed 102 stitches, so Josh was sure a hero."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Never walk up to a horse without it knowing you’re there."
    -- 9-Year-Old Participant
  • "My husband farms--his birthday was right after the Safety Day--and for his birthday they [our children] gave him goggles, dust masks and chemical-resistant gloves. These were all the things they learned about at the Safety Day, and they also explained to him why he needed to use them."
    -- Parent
  • "This past week I had three sets of parents tell me their child told them they needed to get a life vest that fit them for Memorial Day weekend because of what they learned at Safety Day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • The most important thing I learned at Safety Day was: "Always take the time to turn the whole machine off before you work on your equipment."
    -- Teen Participant
  • "Teachers and administrative staff from the schools are already sending me correspondence requesting to attend next years Safety Day. The student evaluations show a positive response to what they learned at the Safety Day and how they will incorporate what the learned into their daily activities."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "After hearing the tractor rollover session, the way we do farming will be changed. We will get a ROPS for the tractor; and no one will ride on the tractor as an extra rider with me or Grandfather."
    -- Father who attended Safety Day with Son
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Wear ear plugs around loud machinery."
    -- 14-Year-Old Participant
  • "It only took one phone call to ask the people on the program from last year to return and present a session this year."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "One of our participants rode with his Grandfather to cut down a tree that had fallen across a fence. While they were doing this chore, another tree fell on the grandfather, severing his spinal cord. The young man had been to Safety Day the year before and remembered to stay calm. He took the four-wheeler to the house and told his Grandmother to call 911. Although the Grandfather is paralyzed, the action saved his life."
    -- Safety Day Coordinators
  • "We firmly believe in what Safety Days are all about, and our sponsorship reflects Bunge’s commitment to not only promoting the safety and well-being of our employees but to extending this safety focus to our customers and the communities where we operate."
    -- Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, Bunge North America
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "I will make an evaluation plan for a fire."
    -- 10-Year-Old Participant
  • After attending a Safety Day, a 5-year-old’s dress caught on fire as she leaned over a Christmas candle. She ran a few steps and then remembered what to do. "She had learned how to stop, drop and roll from the Safety Day she went to last summer."
    -- Parent
  • "I am so thankful you did this for the fifth grade. Nobody ever cared about giving us a Safety Day. It’s like you are an angel who cares about everybody’s safety."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Pick up sticks before daddy mows the yard."
    -- 13-Year-Old Participant
  • Five brothers attended our Safety Day. A little more than a week later, late at night, their house was on fire. Sons Robert and Chris woke family members and helped them exit the house. Both boys said they learned what to do at our Safety Day."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Don’t play in the grain bin."
    -- 9-Year-Old Participant
  • "The safety tips helped our kids survive a tornado. They were home alone and they knew to get away from the windows and go to a neighbors after the storm had passed. Have Safety Day more often and worldwide!"
    -- Parent
  • "We don’t ride the lawnmower with more than one person now."
    -- Parent
  • "I told my family all the stuff that I learned. My Uncle who farms said he did not know most of the stuff."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • "She is being very cautious around the equipment that we have. She makes sure she is seen by who is driving and stays her distance from them."
    -- Parent
  • "We believe that the next generation benefits from balanced support in areas of mind, body and spirit. We support these and other activities that keep our youth active, encourage critical thinking, nourish their spirit, and foremost, keep them safe."
    -- President & CEO, Agrium Inc.
  • "I’m going to tell Dad to make sure his tractors have a SMV sign."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "At home I am not going to open the door to strangers."
    -- 10-Year-Old Participant
  • "The young ladies of Sigma Alpha did a fantastic job. My three children had a ball and learned some very important lessons at the same time. I still hear "Stop, Drop, and Roll", "don’t point a gun at anybody", "one seat one rider", etc. It was a HUGE success in my eyes."
    -- Parent and University Professor
  • "I’m going to learn my address, have evacuation plans."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • "I’m going to tell my parents everything I learned so we’ll be safe together."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • "I learned to wear boots when using any kind of mowing device. Not sandals. Also wear earplugs when you are around loud noises."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • "It was great to see my students learning important safety information and having fun. This was the best field trip I’ve been on in the 12 years that I’ve been teaching."
    -- Teacher
  • "One of our older participants credits what he learned at Safety Day with saving his life. He was operating a tractor with a four-row ridger in a cornfield when the ridger struck a power pole, causing the power lines to fall on the tractor. The young man did what he learned at Safety Day -- he called for help on his cell phone and stayed inside the tractor cab until the power company arrived and turned off the power to the lines."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Always wear my helmet when I ride a bike."
    -- 10-Year-Old Participant
  • "I learned that when you ride on a four wheeler, lean forward if you are going up a hill and lean back if you’re going down a hill."
    -- Safety Day Participant
  • "Less than 24 hours after the close of the Safety Day one of our 8-year-old participants was riding his bicycle wearing the shiny new helmet he received at Safety Day. Suddenly he swerved onto the soft shoulder of the road and was thrown head first over the handle bars into a pile of rock and gravel. He came riding home, under his own power, upset because he had ‘messed-up’ his new helmet. His family is convinced that at the very least he was spared several stitches and some nasty scrapes and bruises. Was the Safety Day worth the cost? Worth the time? Worth the sacrifice of so many? You bet it was! One little boy on a sunny Sunday afternoon proved it."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "The local ag businesses are very proud to say they helped prevent farm injuries to the children of their customers."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "... My son said he will go on strike until we get roll-over protection on our little tractor. The kids learn more than we realize and will teach their parents."
    -- Parent and Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Our Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® has really grown into a huge event in our county. The entire school system and county businesses really stay involved."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "Stay the course, great as is."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • "I want to thank you for conducting the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® in San Angelo, Texas. I believe the training my son received there may have saved his life or at least saved him from serious injury. While spraying johnson grass in milo, he stepped down from the tractor about 2 feet from a rattlesnake. Very calmly he alerted his coworker and carefully eased away. I am certain that without the excellent snake training he received at Safety Day, he would not have remained so calm and would have had a much greater chance of being bitten."
    -- Mother of Older Teen Participant
  • "Hosting this event is probably my favorite day of the year. The kids are getting so much education, but they’re having so much fun! The impact is huge. From the Progressive Ag staff to the national sponsors, they’re helping us do what we couldn’t do alone a the local level."
    -- Safety Day Coordinator
  • Question: What are you going to do to be safer at home or on the farm? "Tell my mom and dad to ride with a seatbelt and to change the smoke alarm."
    -- 11-Year-Old Participant
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Results of our Program Evaluations
To ensure that the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® is of the highest quality and effectiveness, the University of Alabama Institute for Social Science Research has conducted numerous program evaluations since 1999. One study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), compared children who participated in a safety day with a comparison group of children who did not participate. Children were tested before and after the safety day, and they were interviewed three months and one year following the safety day. In addition, safety day coordinators, volunteers, and parents of participants also completed surveys or interviews. Results showed the following outcomes:
  • Safety day participants increased their safety knowledge between the pretest and posttest more than children who did not participate in a safety day – gains were found both for participants and non-participant comparison groups; however, participants’ gains were significantly larger one-year later than the gains of non-participants.
  • Safety day participants decreased their risky behavior following participation in a safety day to a greater extent than children who did not participate in a safety day.
  • Self-reported injuries decreased among safety day participants
  • There were significant increases in safety knowledge and decreases in exposure to risk for both boys and girls.
  • The increases in knowledge were apparent for both farm and non-farm children.
  • Children of all ages benefited with significant increases in knowledge and decreases in risky behaviors for participants of all ages, from 8 to 13.
  • Variations in the characteristics of safety day instruction, such as length of sessions, number of sessions, and number of children per group, did not affect the overall findings.
  • Over half of the parents of participants were able to cite a way in which the safety day helped make their child safer, and nearly one quarter reported that they made a safety related change in their family after the safety day.
  • Safety messages also spread throughout the community via the volunteers. Two-thirds of volunteers said they learned new safety information while volunteering, and two-thirds said they planned to make safety-related changes in their own homes. Over 90% of volunteers said the experience was rewarding and over 80% said they would like to participate again.
  • Parents reported high levels of satisfaction and would recommend that others families send their children to safety day.
  • Indirect benefits of the safety day in a community include enhanced safety awareness of the wider community, as well as enhanced community strength and cohesiveness resulting from the cooperation of many individuals and organizations in achieving a common goal.
  • An additional study, also funded by NIOSH, confirmed a number of these results and further showed that printed booster materials sent to participants several months following the safety day enhanced the retention of knowledge gains compared to those who did not receive booster materials.
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