New delivery mode removes barriers for farm safety and health education.
For nearly 30 years, the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day (R) (PAF Safety Day) program has helped to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for more than 1.8 million children and adults throughout North America. The program offers hands-on, interactive, age-appropriate safety and health education delivered in a fun and safe manner. However, according to the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, about every three days, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident; each day, at least 33 children are injured. These staggering statics continue to challenge the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF) to remove barriers and develop innovative approaches to provide critical safety and health education to more children through its PAF Safety Day program. Thus, a new delivery mode of the PAF Safety Day program -- the Classroom-based delivery mode -- was officially unveiled in March 2022.
From the initial development of the new Classroom-based delivery mode, the PAF staff knew it would not be replacing its long-standing, trusted, Community-based or School-based delivery modes. Instead, moving into the classroom will provide an additional avenue for the delivery of safety and health education to youth and incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. All three delivery modes of the PAF Safety Day program are designed for children ages 4 to 13. The Community-based and School-based delivery modes of the PAF Safety Day program most commonly are comprised of one-day experiences at various locations focusing on a variety of topics for potentially 100 or more youth. Whereas the Classroom-based delivery mode is geared toward an average classroom size of 25 and spans over several days, weeks or even months without ever needing to leave the classroom setting. The Classroom-based delivery mode includes at least four sessions, with each session focusing on one safety and health topic at a time. It is delivered by a trained PAF Safety Day coordinator utilizing the PAF Safety Day program curriculum complemented with hands-on, durable resource kits.
Through the development of the Classroom-based delivery mode, a pilot program, made possible in part by CHS Inc., took place during 2021-2022 academic year. The pilot consisted of 22 individuals from 15 states trained as PAF Safety Day coordinators who reached more the 280 students to date.
To learn more about the PAF Safety Day program, its Community-based, School-based and Classroom-based delivery modes, or how to become a PAF Safety Day coordinator, visit www.progressiveag.org, or contact a member of the PAF team by calling 888-257-3529.
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-- Donate today to the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program. Text SAFETYDAY to 44321.
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