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Students Learn Important Lessons about Underground Utility Safety

The Educational Programs Committee of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) partnered with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to design an underground utility safety curriculum for Safety Day events throughout the United States. Safety Days are one-day events that teach children safety lessons to keep them safe at home, on a farm or ranch. The goal is to reduce the incidence of agriculture-related injuries by increasing the awareness of the potential danger around the home, work and recreation.

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation reaches more than 60,000 children and adults each year through their Safety Day Program. The Safety Day event consists of small groups of children (ages 8 to 13), which are led by a facilitator who provides hands-on, challenging learning activities on a variety of topics, including underground utility safety, ATV safety, gun safety, food safety and firearm safety, to name a few. The program was funded and developed by the CGA and successfully introduced in late March, 2008. Since then, more than 16,000 students have participated in the underground utility safety lessons throughout the US.

There are hundreds of Safety Day events scheduled in 2010. To find out how your company can do their part to promote the underground utility safety lesson, contact Amber Pappas or visit the Progressive Ag Foundation website for more information and a complete listing of the upcoming Safety Day locations: