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Friday, August 6, 2010

ArborOne Donates to Marion County 4-H

By Naeem Mcfadden Published: August 03, 2010 (From the "Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise")

MULLINS -- Don Boice, senior vice president –relationship mangement of ArborOne Farm Credit in Florence donated $1,200 to the Marion County 4-H Program and Mullins Fire Department to purchase a Sparky the Fire Dog costume suit.
“I’m very thankful for the contribution ArborOne and the match the city officials came up with. It’s going to be helpful in regards to fire prevention and education,” Mullins Fire Department Chief Robert Stetson said, adding that the suit would be useful on school visits.

Sparky the Fire Dog will be used to teach Marion County children fire safety information. Along with Sparky the Fire Dog, Freddie Fire Smart Kids curriculum is taught to youth.
Sharon Grice, 4-H agent, said that based on the premise that young children can learn valuable fire safety lessons, Clemson University Extension Service and the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Offices develops the six-week fire safety curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

Fire safety behaviors learned at an early age will extend into adulthood and ultimately will reduce fire deaths and prevent fires, Grice said.

Stetson said that the first step in fire prevention is education. “We must educate our youth so they in return education their parents,” he said. Oct 3-9 is observed as Fire Prevention Week, Stetson said.

Boice said he along with ArborOne Farm Credit is proud to help sponsor 4-H Fire Safety programs in Marion County. “If only one person is saved, all of this is worth it,” he said.