13 May 2009

Educator's Day at the Ballpark with the USCG and USCG Auxiliary

National Safe Boating Week runs from 16May to 22 May. In Rochester, we got started a little early with our participation in the Educator's Day at the Red Wings game at Frontier Field. The USCG and USCG Auxiliary worked together to bring our 25' Response Boat - Small (RB-S), COASTIE and our usual Public Affairs materials including coloring books and stickers for all the kids.

The day began with us arriving at 0930 and setting up our RB-S at the main gates to the ballpark. As all the buses arrived with the kids they had to move past our boat and booth to enter the game. We found ourselves engaged in many ways with all the kids and their teachers. Some of the personnel spent time getting all the kids on and off our boat so they could see what it looked like inside. The new Cadets assigned to our station spent the morning engaging the classes with COASTIE and answered all their questions about boating safety. The rest of us tried to keep up with all the people at our PA table and providing them with information on a range of topics relating to safe boating and the use of Life jackets.

The kids loved COASTIE and spent lots of time around him asking questions and talking about safe boating. When they weren't with COASTIE or climbing on our boat they were trying on all the life jackets and safety equipment we brought for our static displays. The teachers even got into it checking out the boat and trying on the life jackets.

The day ended with all the USCG and USCG Auxiliary personnel finally able to take in the baseball game. We got on the Jumbo-tron and they had a special message on the board about Always Wearing Your Life jacket along with the dates for the upcoming National Safe Boating Week. I can only hope that our Water Safety Expo and Open House this Saturday are as well received as our time at the ballpark.
Remember, WEAR IT NEW YORK!!


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