As fires burned, two groups of Minnesota kids ignited their passion for safety and doused flames with a fire extinguisher. The local fire department demonstrations were among the valuable safety sessions taught at two Progressive Ag Safety camps hosted by CHS Rochester and CHS Callaway this summer.
For more than 16 years, CHS and the CHS Foundation have contributed more than $680,000 to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation, the organization that sponsors more than 400 one-day safety camps that teach children ages 4 to 12 critical safety topics.
During two CHS-hosted safety days, more than 75 kids were exposed to life saving safety knowledge. The lessons included electrical and chemical safety; large equipment, lawn mower and ATV safety; fire safety, building their own first-aid kits and police K-9 demonstrations.
“Through Progressive Ag, CHS employees had the opportunity to address safety sessions to every day situations,” says Amanda Peterson, CHS Rochester communications specialist. “The highlight of the safety day is seeing the children get excited about important safety demonstrations and their passion towards sharing what they learned following the event.”
More than 50 CHS employees from Inver Grove Heights, Rochester, and Callaway, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D., used their CHS Days of Service hours to volunteer teaching sessions and leading groups.