Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sharps Containers Free to North Country Farmers

From the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center:

The Veterinary Practices class at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield is once again giving away free sharps containers to area farmers. 

This is a continuation of the program that began last year with 60 sharps containers distributed to farms that requested them.

Sharps container
Sharps containers are containers that are used to dispose medical supplies properly as opposed to simply throwing them out and creating an environmental and safety hazard. 

The containers can then be dropped off at a certified disposal facility. They include Rome Hospital, Lewis County General Hospital and both the Lowville and Croghan Transfer Stations.

As part of a SkillsUSA project last year, the sharps containers were purchased through fundraising efforts by Jefferson-Lewis BOCES students and then distributed. Two vet practices students decided to continue the program this year. They are Kali Smith (junior, South Lewis) and Sadie Buckingham (junior, Adirondack). 

The two students, along with instructor Blake Place, are hoping to bring more attention to the program.

The students have been fundraising through pet grooming, doughnut sales, and the sale of drug awareness bracelets that they designed to purchase more sharps containers.

Farmers who would like a free container are asked to contact Blake Place at (315) 377-7345. There will be a limited supply.

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