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Pledging to Keep Kids Safe at Wings Over Fullerton

The weather broke just in time for a glorious day of plein air plane painting for kids at the Fullerton Airport Day 2016. The organizers of the event were generous and helpful, the kids enthusiastic, and the air and ground activities entertaining!

Mixing Kids with Art & Aviation to Make Magic at the 2016 Wings Over Fullerton Airport Day

SafeLaunch co-founders Janet Rowse and Ron Cuff will make Wings Over Fullerton Airport Day the first stop on the 2016 Flights Above Addiction tour. This Saturday, May 7, they will fly Cuff’s 2000 Cessna 182 from Santa Barbara to Fullerton, to inspire local kids to paint their dreams directly on his plane at the event.

The name “SafeLaunch” refers to launching kids safely into adulthood without the crushing burden of addiction. The genesis for the name came from Ron’s career in Naval Aviation.

Cuff tells the youth who paint his plane that, “a successful life is like a successful flight… it must be planned.” He explains that a great future requires a healthy mind and body, free from habitual intoxication. During the Pre-flight lesson, each young person chooses a destination…a career or two on a “Pre-flight” card. They learn that choosing a path is as important as a pilot choosing a destination. They hear that their brain is like their own private pilot that can take them wherever they decide to go… as long as it stays healthy. At the end of the lesson they sign the SafeLaunch pledge that states, “I will not experiment with drugs or alcohol because my growing brain is susceptible to addiction.”

The wings of Ron’s airplane carry the names and stories of 14 young people who died from drugs or alcohol. They are now the “wind beneath the SafeLaunch wings”. When young people and their parents see the names and tender ages of death on the underside of the Cessna’s wings, they are reflective and thoughtful. They are captivated by the pictures and stories of the very young people who lost their lives to the rapidly spreading epidemic of addiction and overdose. Parents who have lost children to drugs or alcohol are invited to find out more by visiting their Wind Beneath Our Wings webpage.

To sponsor a Flight Above Addiction in your area, email or call 805-283-7233.

SafeLaunch Presents: Keeping the Fun in Parenting with Gerry Lopez

Parent Coach Gerry Lopez Speaks at Parent Power Presentation on May 12

Gerry Lopez returns to La Cumbre Junior High School Theater in Santa Barbara on May 12 at 6 pm to help parents create a more joyful bond with their children.

A father of four and 26-year veteran prosecutor, Riverside County Supervising District Attorney Lopez has seen it all. Using his vast experience working with families in the juvenile justice system, Lopez has created an inspirational presentation that gives parents the tools they need to build positive and healthy relationships with their children while getting them ready for life.

“This is Gerry Lopez’s third Parent Power talk in Santa Barbara and I’m thrilled to be able to bring him back. Gerry’s insights help parents build the foundation that children need to become confident, self-reliant adults”, SafeLaunch President Janet Rowse said. “We’re especially thankful that Gerry’s colleague Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger will be joining us again to ensure that both English and Spanish speaking parents receive top-notch presentations in their native language.”

This “Parent Power” presentation is made possible by the partnership of SafeLaunch and the Santa Barbara Unified School District and sponsored by Deckers Brands, Marborg, RotoRooter Santa Barbara, GJ Gardner Homes of Santa Barbara, Paradise Cafe and Recovery Road.

Parents will have the chance to win door prizes for fabulous local dining, hotels, and family fun activities. Why? Because parenting can and should be fun! SafeLaunch “staycation” partner businesses are The Upham Hotel, The Ramada Santa Barbara, Paradise Cafe, Beachside Bar Cafe, Finch & Fork, Glen Annie Golf Course, The Landshark, Ice in Paradise, The Santa Barbara Sailing Center, and The Santa Barbara Zoo.

Helpful resources will be provided by AHA Santa Barbara, CALM, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The Mental Wellness Center and SafeLaunch.

A light dinner will be available from 5-6pm for $4 per person.
Free childcare for ages 3-12 with study tables for students will be provided by the SBUSD.

Date: May 12, 2016
Time: Dinner, childcare and resource tables open at 5pm: Doors open at 6pm
Location: La Cumbre Jr High School, 2255 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Cost: Free
Seating is limited

Contact SafeLaunch at 805-283-7233 or for more information.