Safe Family: Lake safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

In order to stay safe this holiday weekend, members from the Army Corps of Engineers are out to tackle the issue.

Fourth graders from several Denison elementary schools are learning just that as they get ready to hit the lake with their families.

These lessons aren't just boring book assignments. It's fun in the sun, outdoors, and hands-on.

"This is the most educational field trip they take and they can apply it to their lives."

This outdoor classroom gets the kids involved, and there are several stations to learn different aspects of how to stay safe on the water.

From the dangers of hypothermia to actually getting in the boat-- don't forget the life jacket.

"If they think before getting near the water, less fatalities may happen, and that's what we're out here for."

Several years ago, the corps had to give up having the classes because of a lack of volunteers and money.

But now it's back and better than ever.

Volunteers are always needed to help teach kids how to stay safe, and when kids learn how to stay safe it seems that knowledge gets passed on to help the whole family stay safe.

"When he asked students how many had been out to the lake already, I was surprised. It’s never too late to start."

So this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have fought for our country, the corps and many more people are hoping that you remember safety as well as you get out on the lake and enjoy time with family.


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