Morrison County 4-H program accepting donations of used helmets of any kind

Helmets needed for use by 4-H Safety Day Camp and other county groups

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

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4-H Safety Day Camp planners are asking area readers to recycle old helmets and other items, while promoting safety in farming activities.

“The Morrison County extension office has been coordinating this event for seven years,” said 4-H Program Coordinator Becky Moe. “It is offered to all fifth grade classes in Morrison County.”

The entire camping day is centered around learning safety for every activity. Some of the sessions offered have included: livestock safety, lawn mower safety, dog bite awareness, food safety, Internet safety, household chemical safety, sun safety, fire safety, general farm safety, outdoor survival, tractor safety and horse/rope safety.

At a 4-H safety training at the Morrison County Fairgrounds May 8, Ryan Orth (above) demonstrates roping safety. He and other 4-H members showed youths how to approach and saddle a horse correctly.

“Our newest session is horse/rope safety,” Moe said. “Several local 4-H members taught about safety around horses and how to use ropes safely. They demonstrated roping and encouraged the students and their teachers to try roping too.”

The volunteers explained why it is important to use a lead rope, and how to approach and saddle a horse the correct way.

The Extension Service had been using safety kits which are no longer available and Moe is seeking to put together kits that belong to Morrison County.

“It would be advantageous  for us to acquire our own equipment,” said Moe. “I’m hoping we can partner with local organizations such as the Farm Bureau, Breakfast on the Farm, FFA chapters and the County Fair, so the kits could have wider useage.”

“It would help us out if community members would look in their closets and other storage areas for items to donate for the kits,” she said. “We are especially looking for helmets for horseback riding, motorcycle riding, T-ball and baseball, football, construction work, bicycle riding, and any other type of protective headgear.”

The Extension Office is also seeking donations of any Ertl farm toys of any scale.

Helmets and toys can be dropped off at the Extension Service office in the garden level of the Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls.

For more information call Becky Moe at (320) 632-0161.