Students learn lifesaving skills

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Hundreds of fifth graders in Harlan County didn't spend their day in the classroom. They were learning lifesaving information at "Safety Day."

Keeping the attention of fifth graders can be tough.

"I think it's worthwhile to have things like this, so they can learn," said Raymond Cox, Harlan County 4-H Extension Agent.

Learning only takes place when students get involved.

That's what happened at the 9th Annual "Safety Day." It was organized by the county's 4-H Youth Development Program.

All fifth graders in the county got to take part, as lifesaving information was brought together in one place.

"These things if they learn at an early age, will stay with them the rest of their lives," said Cox.

From trying on drunk-driving goggles, to looking at a fire truck up-close, and figuring out how to put on a life vest, these kids got it all.

Students learned how to throw a flotation device, that way they can properly rescue someone who may be trapped in the water.

The experience opened the eyes of many students.

"We can keep each other safe," said Peggy Gilbert.

Some who said they admired the leaders who taught them.

"I want to grow up and try to be like them," said Alex Pace.

While they'll be back in the classroom Friday, these lessons will follow them the rest of their days.

"You can help other people," said Gilbert.

Students from both Harlan County Schools and Harlan Independent Schools participated in Thursday's event.

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