0306 Beaver Creek Farm Safety Story

4-H members are active with chapter

By Melissa Mussman

BEAVER CREEK, Minn. — Beaver Creek’s Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Keep All Kids Safe Chapter has received the Melting Pot Award and the Reaching 10,000 People award from the international organization.

The Beaver Creek Keep All Kids Safe chapter began in 2003 as a 4-H community pride project, and in 2005 the chapter took on a life of its own.


"I have been so passionate about this," said Jill WIllers, chapter representative. "It is no longer just the youth in 4-H that are working on this. Now we have people that are part of different organizations involved in teaching the community the importance of farm safety."

The Melting Pot award is given to a chapter that does an outstanding job coordinating with other organizations to promote farm safety and health.

Beaver Creek’s chapter has members from several organizations within the community.

The Keep All Kids Safe chapter has done many presentations for groups and organizations. The chapter works with local schools, libraries, 4-H clubs and FFA chapters in both Minnesota and South Dakota. The chapter has also helped Ag in the Classroom, the Rescue Heroes Day Camp, and at a local health fair.

"The fun part of doing all these activities is having the 4-H kids help," said Willers. "It is wonderful to see youth teaching kids farm safety through presentations and some puppet shows."

WIllers said it also gives chapter members the opportunity to learn about themselves.

They have reached many people in their community and surrounding communities and that’s why they received the Reaching 10,000 People award.

"Farms are a good place to live, but people need to be aware of the things around them and teach them about some of the potential dangers," Willers said.


Willers lives on a farm. She’s committed to teaching the importance of farm safety.

"We teach people why they shouldn’t do something and giving the teenagers an opportunity to teach," said Willers.

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