Farm Safety Day brings tips and advice to county second-grade students

In the entryway of Rockwell City United Methodist Church Friday, Kerri McAlexander’s second-grade students lined up to stick their heads inside of a Dermascan.

“I see little dots and sparkles,” Lauryn Wells said, describing the way her skin looked under the special light.

Joleen Schmit of Calhoun County Public Health explained to the students what they were seeing.

“Where it glows is where you have sun damage or could have sun damage,” Schmit said. “When you get older – my face is all lit up.”

Abram Finley said his whole face looked purple. That meant he needed to be wearing more sunscreen, he said.

The students were at the church for the annual Farm Safety Day, organized by the Calhoun County Extension Office. South Central Calhoun Elementary School students were joined by second-grade students from Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School. The groups rotated through a variety of stations that taught them how to attract attention if they fell in a grain bin, how to stay safe around electricity, how to read animals’ body language and what to do, or not do, around tractors and heavy equipment.

Read more in the Sept. 12 edition.