By Micah Holcombe

Special to the Heights Herald

Texas AgriLife Extension Service partners with Progressive Agriculture to provide Safety Day in Bell County. This year's West Bell County Safety Day was May 10 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. More than 550 sixth-grade students and teachers attended Safety Day. Middle schools participating this year were Smith and Rancier.

Hands-on experiences led by local community members taught safety day participants lifelong safety lessons. Over time, we hope that by sharing and applying the lessons learned at the safety day will help reduce the number of children who die or are injured in safety related incidents. Sessions included fire safety, environmental awareness/snake safety, disability awareness, seatbelt safety, kitchen/food safety, meth awareness, internet safety, all-terrain vehicle safety, tool safety, sun safety and 911 awareness. Rusty Garrett from News Channel 10 gave his presentation on Project Tornado.

The safety days' successes are due in large part to the generous support of many local organizations and volunteers.

Next year's Safety Days will target sixth-grade students from each side of the county. West Bell County Safety Day is May 8. East Bell County Safety Day is May 15. All middle schools are invited to participate. Contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service a call to inquire and reserve a spot. This is a great impact on the youth in Bell County.

For more information about Bell County 4-H, call (254) 933-5305, email mlholcombe@ag.tamu.edu or go to http://agrilife.org/bell4h/.

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