Ohio program receives BoatU.S. safety award


The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water honored Safe Kids of Greater Toledo, Ohio, with its 2007 Boating Safety Grant Excellence Award.

It also announced the granting of nearly $50,000 to 19 groups across the United States for its 2008 Boating Safety Grant program.

The BoatU.S. Foundation received 126 applications for its 2008 Boating Safety Grant cycle, which focused on increasing the use of life jackets. Of the 19 grants selected for funding, projects included the construction of a personal watercraft simulator used to promote safe PWC operation and life jacket wear, the creation of a poster contest for local high school students and the production of a boating safety activity book for children.

The Boating Safety Grant Excellence Award is bestowed on the group that conducts the year's most innovative, resourceful and effective grant project. Safe Kids of Greater Toledo will receive an additional $1,000 to use toward last year's grant program that included public service announcements promoting life jacket use that aired in regional movie theaters.

The 2008 BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safety Grant recipients are:

Sailing Education Adventures of San Francisco
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 08-01-02 of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
USCGA 08-02-23 of Durango, Colo.
New London Power Squadron of Colchester, Conn.
St. Lucie River Power Squadron of Jensen Beach, Fla.
USCGA 07-15-08 of Springhill, Fla.
Des Moines Sail and Power Squadron in Iowa
Blood River Safety of Murray, Iowa
USCGA 08-08-07 of Lafayette, Ky.
Port Huron Power Squadron in Michigan
St. County Marine Rescue Unit of Port Huron, Mich.
Safe Kids Craven County of New Bern, N.C.
USCGA 08-33-02 of Papillion, Neb.
USCGA 01-22 of Northport, N.Y.
Carroll County Safe Kids Chapter of Carrollton, Ohio
USCGA 05-01-09 of West Grove, Pa.
Colorado River Foundation of Austin, Texas
Lake Anna Civic Association, in Virginia
Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron of Clinton, Wash.