Hundreds of students learn safety lessons outside the classroom

GEORGETOWN--More than 400 Vermilion County students spent the school day Tuesday at the Georgetown Fairgrounds to learn some safety lessons that aren't always covered in the classroom.

At this year's Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, fifth and sixth graders shuttled through 10 stations that covered safety-themed topics ranging from firearms to methamphetamine.

One station that was brought back this year was railway safety, following the recent rise in accidents involving trains in the area.

"Our stations are usually set by looking at previous evaluations, trends in the community, and we sit down and really look at that when we're picking out topics. And also what's covered in school versus what's not covered in school," said Amy Rademaker, farm safety specialist at Carle Foundation Hospital and an event coordinator.

The children spent about 20 minutes at each station listening to presentations and participation in hands-on demonstrations.
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