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Eddie the Eagle spreads gun safety message to area students

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Safety is an important word in all aspects of our life. 4-H stresses safety in all of their projects, but the one that is being focused on right now is gun safety. 

I had the privilege of being included in the health and safety fair that was held at Cartmell Elementary on March 16.  Eddie the Eagle was in attendance where his message was when you see a gun you are to “stop, don’t touch, leave the area and tell an adult.”

Eddie the Eagle will also be at Kathryn Winn Primary and Christian Academy of Carrollton in April. Adam Froman, 4-H member, talked with the attendees about gun safety and gave gun locks to the participants. Adam also did a demonstration on gun safety in his classroom and received a blue ribbon. Adam shared the knowledge that he gained from Tom Dapron, shooting sports coach, to educate his classmates about the importance of gun safety.

Shooting sports is a fun project in which to participate. The member will not only learn how to “shoot” a gun, but most importantly how to be safe while using a gun. Last year under the supervision of Dapron, the Carroll County 4-H shooting members did great at the state 4-H shooting sports event. With six adults (Brett Froman, Dave Huesman, Cody Human, Tim Tritsch, David Watts, and Derrick Willis)  attending the shooting sports certification in order to teach the 4-H shooting sports curriculum, we can offer archery, shotgun and rifle to members nine years of age through 18 and will offer pistol to members who are twelve years of age through 18.  You must be nine by Jan. 1 to be a 4-H member.  Last Friday night an orientation was held where the members and their parents were given information about the project.  Officers were elected to the youth council.  They are President Chelsey Moore, Vice President Adam Froman, Secretary Summer Ward, and Treasurer Caleb Stephenson.  The coaches will be meeting this week to set their schedule and if you are interested in participating and did not attend the meeting last week, call 732-7030 and ask for the information to be mailed to you.  If your child does participate in shooting sports, an adult will need to stay with the child during practice.

 

Upcoming event

Project Day will be held April 13 at Carroll County Cooperative Extension office, 9 a.m.-noon. You must call to get your name on the list.

We will be making projects to enter into the county fair.

Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.