Montana State Fund gives safety gear to Helena high school students

Posted at 9:26 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 22:27:30-04

HELENA – For the second year in a row, Montana State Fund’s “Growing a Safer Montana” program handed out safety gear to high school students and teachers.

Wednesday, Montana State Fund handed out goggles, welding hoods, fire-resistant suits, and many other safety tools to trade students at Capital and Helena high schools.

Teachers were also given materials to reinforce the message of safety in the classroom.

Each year, teachers pick out $750 worth of safety material for their industry or trade classes.

Montana State Fund wants to teach the next generation safe habits that they can take with them outside the classroom.

Dan Johnson, Project Manager for “Growing a Safer Montana” says “It’s important because these students don’t have a whole lot of opportunity to become a safety voice when they enter the workforce.”

Tom Kaim, Capital High School CT Teacher says “that’s the big thing we want students to learn, that when they leave here is they can work safe in a job.”

This year, “Growing a Safer Montana” program was able to reach 21 schools in Anaconda, Helena, Bozeman, and many others.

The Montana State Fund is the state’s largest provider of worker’s compensation insurance.

Reporting by Mercedies Pruneda for MTN News