GREENVILLE — Greenville High School students shared their knowledge about food production and safety with first-graders on Oct. 22, during the FFA’s Annual Safety Awareness Day at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
“We host this annual event because it’s a learning experience for both our high school students and our school district’s first-graders,” FFA representatives said.
First-graders from Greenville City Schools and St. Marys attended the event. The high school students set up many learning stations at the fairgrounds.
Many of the stations are focused on safety, such as bicycle safety, fire safety, grain safety and farm safety. Other stations included learning about dairy products, apple and honey, small animals, EMT, campfire, fitness, and “Exploding cheeseburger,” where kids learned the parts of a burger. One station also allowed kids to decorate pumpkins.
Most students today do not live on farms. Days like this give students an opportunity to learn about where their food comes from.
Officers of the Greenville FFA provided and served lunch for the children. They sat on bales of straw to enjoy their noontime meal.
This program has been a tradition for the FFA for many years and each year the Greenville FFA tries to improve on the program. Safety Awareness Days is a unique opportunity for the younger students to experience agriculture for a day, and learn about being safe in a way they can understand.
Greenville FFA offered a special thanks to Schlechty Family Farms, Koenig Equipment, B.J. Paulus of Snap Fitness, Greenville High School’s Hospitality program, Greenville High School’s Careers with Children program, Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville Township EMS, as well as FFA members, parents and alumni for their support in the successful event.