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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
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Carlinville, IL 62626
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News Release

Montgomery County 4th Graders Learn How to Stay Safe at Annual Safety Day

University of Illinois Extension hosted over 300 4th graders at the Montgomery County Safety Day.  The event took place on May 3 and was held at the Montgomery County 4-H Park in Butler.  Students from Nokomis North Elementary, Raymond Grade School, Cornerstone Academy, Beckemeyer Elementary from Hillsboro, Russell Elementary from Litchfield, and Zion Lutheran from Litchfield participated in the program.


Student rotated to 15 different stations throughout the day, each covering a different safety related topic. Those presentations included: Railroad Safety (Operation Lifesaver Educator, Chip Pew); Medical Emergency Identification (Hillsboro Ambulance: Krista Wineberner); Digging Safely (J.U.L.I.E Damage Prevention, Brian MacKenzie); Fire Safety (Hillsboro Fire Department); Be Safe, Don't Smoke (Montgomery County Health Dept, Rhonda Joyce); Farm Safety (Montgomery County Young Farmers, Heath Houck); Grain bin and PTO Safety (Farm Service Agency, Eric Pastrovich, Carolyn Slightom); Electricity Safety (MJM and Rural Electric, Charlie Peterson); Handwashing (U of I Extension Program Coordinator, Will Shalter); Animal Safety (Montgomery County Animal Control, Amanda Daniels); Chemical Look-A-Likes (U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, Andrew Holsinger); Bike Safety (Illinois Secretary of State's office, Ed Vehovic); Lawn Mower Safety (U of I Extension Educator, Gary Letterly); Internet Safety (U of I Extension Promotions Specialist, Terri Miller); and Police Safety Demonstration (Bill Kenney, Nokomis Police Department).


The event was coordinated by Charlotte Schuricht, Program Coordinator for Montgomery County Agriculture Literacy.  For more information about this program or “Ag in the Classroom” contact Charlotte at 217-532-3941 or via email

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.



PHOTO CAPTION: A Safety Day participant tries his hardest to remove an object from a barrel after it is filled with grain.  Eric Pastrovich, with Farm Service Agency, uses the demonstration to teach grain bin safety to students.

Local Contact: Charlotte Schuricht, Program Coordinator, Agriculture Literacy,