Poison Prevention

FFA Students Share Expertise
FFA emblemDid you know that poisoning is on the the leading causes of injury death in the US and 93% of human exposure to poison happens in a residence? 

On March 25, 2022, during National Poison Prevention Week, West Perry elementary students in grades 1 and 2 received lessons on Poison Safety using Mr. Yuk. 

West Perry High School FFA members, Emma O'Toole, Ryley Reisinger, Billy Burd, Sadie Innerst, Vera Innerst, William Reisinger, Ethan Seidel, Katelynn Leber and Gavin Neff spent the day presenting poison prevention topics including how to prevent accidents related to harmful household chemicals.

The West Perry FFA, in conjunction with the Penn State Extension Office, has been providing this training annually for the past 12 years. Typically it is only first grade students who receive the information, however, this year's second grade students also participated since they missed last year because of COVID. 

West Perry FFA President, Ryley Reisinger coordinated this training. Ryley contacted the extension office to obtain the materials for the training. She also set up the schedule, organized the training and communicated with the elementary school principals. The FFA members who delivered the training were divided into groups of 3. They practiced their presentations with High School students first to prepare.

The elementary students enjoyed the presentations, especially the Mr. Yuk stickers. They like seeing the FFA members in their uniforms (even if some were mistaken for a police officer).

Thank you to the students and advisors of West Perry FFA for sharing this valuable and life-saving information with our elementary students. 

Picture of students during poison prevention presentation