EARLHAM, Iowa -- Farm Safety 4 Just Kids' 2006 theme for National Farm Safety and Health week is "Ride Smart!" -- focusing on all-terrain vehicle safety.

Since 1987, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids has helped support farm safety efforts and help raise awareness about children and youth year-round and during Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 17-23 this year.

FS4JK's chapter volunteers are encouraged to conduct community presentations using FS4JK's newly released ATV educational packet, "Ride Smart!" The packet teaches children the importance of ATV safety and training and stresses the significance of wearing protective equipment, riding a properly sized ATV and not allowing passengers.

Funding for the ATV educational packet was provided by the seed companies of Syngenta and Monsanto. The packet includes resources from National 4-H Council, Great Plains for Agricultural Safety and Health, Penn State and Arctic Cat.

FS4JK is also holding a Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest for all FS4JK chapter volunteers, age 10 to 18. Youth entrants are asked to write and record their own PSA about ATV safety. Three winners will receive ATV safety prize packages donated by Arctic Cat.

"We fully support ATV Safety, especially when it comes to youth riding ATVss. The sooner a youth realizes the importance of safe riding techniques; these techniques will stay with them the rest of their life. Our partnership with FS4JK should help further their riding skills in various conditions," said Kale Wainer, Arctic Cat Media Relations.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is a non-profit organization that works to promote farm safety for kids through educational programs and the development of learning resources. FS4JK is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers throughout the United States and Canada who conduct educational programs and promote the FS4JK message of safety.

Marilyn Adams, spokesperson, president, started the organization in 1987, after her 11-year-old son Keith died in a gravity flow wagon of shelled corn on the family's Iowa farm. In 2007, FS4JK will celebrate 20 years of keeping rural kids safe and healthy. For more information, contact a local FS4JK chapter or call 800-423-5437.

SOURCE: FS4JK news release via AgPR.