Flights Above Addiction: Dreams for a Healthy Future


Artists from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lompoc

Hanging on Tight to Life

Hanging on Tight to Life

May 18, 2014 12:08 AM

Hundreds of aviation fans climbed aboard a Huey, watched a water drop by a helicopter, admired a variety of planes and even took a few rides at the Airport Day program Saturday at Santa Ynez Valley Airport. The free event gave families a chance to experience the world of aviation with discussions and hands-on experience.

Janet Rowse and Ron Cuff of Safe Launch brought Mr. Cuff’s Cessna 182 plane to the event and allowed children to paint their dreams on it so their dreams could take flight. SafeLaunch’s mission is to prevent addiction by preventing or delaying first exposure to drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

On one side of the plane, kids from the Lompoc Boys & Girls Club painted pictures of their dreams. The other side was open to painting by any child. “The kids are really excited to paint an airplane. It’s a little unusual,” Ms. Rowse said. “It was a great day. The kids loved it.”

 Ron and Janet at SY Airport DaySafeLaunch co-founders Ron Cuff and Janet Rowse brought Mr. Cuff’s Cessna 182 to Santa Ynez Valley Airport for Saturday’s Airport Days. Children were allowed to paint their dreams on the plane, so their dreams could take flight.

The complete article from the Santa Barbara News Press is posted under the SafeLaunch in the News tab on the Home page.  By SHELLY CONE, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT/BILL MORSON/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS