Morgan O’Donoghue, a 3rd class pupil in Tarmon National School, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, was chosen after his name was put forward for the award.
Tarmon National School is currently taking part in the Agri Aware Farm Safe Schools programme which aims to kickstart farm safety conversations in classrooms nationwide.
Champions are selected from each region and awarded a certificate of achievement and a family pass to Dublin Zoo, kindly sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
Morgan has gone above and beyond and shown his passion not just for faming but also farm safety.
Farm Safe Schools coordinator and AgriKids founder, Alma Jordan, explained what made Morgan stand out from the crowd.
“We received a huge volume of entries for the regional awards and it proves the ability and capability of our children to change the culture around farm safety,” she said.
“From his nomination, it was obvious how interested Morgan is in farming and everything associated with farming. He looks after his own sheep and dog at home, making sure that the safety signs are evident and that the animals are cared for very well.
“Morgan’s grandparents come from Inis Mór and he enjoys farming safely there too, explaining to his teacher and peers on how they farm safely on the island.
“The young farmer’s other love is gardening and sowing vegetables which he does with enthusiasm in the school garden and polytunnel.
“Morgan’s willingness to share on the topic of farm safety and his passion for farming is tremendous, this is exactly what Farm Safe Schools is all about”.
The Farm Safe Schools programme is a collaboration between Agri Aware, AgriKids, the IFA and is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in Primary Schools across Ireland.
Agri Aware Chairman, Alan Jagoe expressed his delight to all the regional winners.
“The Agri Aware Farm Safe Schools programme sets out to create learning and understanding on the topic of farm safety to younger children,” he said.
“These regional award winners are a testament to the talent, tenacity and potential our children have in creating a safer future on Irish farms. I want to thank their teachers for bringing the programme into the classrooms and for recognising the champions in their class.
“I would like to thank the Department of Agriculture and Minister Martin Heydon, for their support of this dedicated farm safety programme”.