Boaters at Standley Lake can now borrow lifejackets to make their time on the water safer. The life jacket loaner station was installed by 17-year-old Arvada resident Keaton Maring for her Girl Scout …
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Boaters at Standley Lake can now borrow lifejackets to make their time on the water safer.
The life jacket loaner station was installed by 17-year-old Arvada resident Keaton Maring for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
“It’s really important for me because I’ve always been on the water and I thought it was necessary to address water safety,” Maring said. “Drowning is so preventable and I think a lot of people overlook the issues of water safety.”
The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
“It is all about girls identifying things in their community they are passionate about and the issues or problems they would like to make better in some way,” said Aimee Artzer, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s highest awards manager. “Our mission statement talks about making the world a better place and the Gold Award really embodies that.”
Maring came up with her project after observing several young boaters on the lake without life jackets. She compares wearing a life jacket on a boat to putting a seat-belt on in a car.
“I think it’s a really important thing,” Maring said of wearing a life jacket. “It’s really simple and really effective.”
In addition to the physical, Maring’s project is also about the importance of educating people how easy and simple wearing a lifejacket is.
To implement the loner station, Maring worked with Sully Tun-Ake, a park ranger with the city of Westminster.
“I think that having the life jackets out here shows our community that we’re being proactive and that we are taking the correct steps to make sure that everyone is safe out on the water,” Tun-Ake said.
The station is now open with bilingual signage and Maring is looking to bring her project to other recreating bodies of water in Colorado.
“Completing this project was really important for me because I’ve been a girl scout for so long,” Maring said. She joined the scouts in kindergarten and is about to start her senior year at Ralston Valley. “I put a lot of work and hours into this project. I’m proud to see what I’ve accomplished and what the community has helped me accomplish as well.”
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