Rivers run through it, so Oregon Lions teach kids about water safety. Located near Portland and known as the “city of trees, hills and rivers,” West Linn is flanked by the Willamette and Tualatin rivers. Families enjoy kayaking, canoeing and boating. West Linn Lions organized a daylong event to instruct 65 children in boat safety, rope tying and water-related safety topics such as hypothermia. The children gulped down pizza, rode a sheriff’s marine boat, marveled at an antique wooden boat and went home with donated life jackets. Besides the Lions, teaching the children were members of the county sheriff’s marine department, a fire and rescue unit, the Coast Guard and Boy Scouts. “It was a most successful project not only to teach the kids about water safety but to ensure they acted as ambassadors to tell others how important water safety is,” says the aptly named Mike Watters, a Lion.
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