This year, members of the Junior Lifeguard Cadet Summer program will be assisting the 4th of July Committee in raising funds for the Independence Day celebration. The island hosts 400,000 people on the 4th of July and the parade effort receives $20,000 from the City. Most of those funds are applied to the fixed costs for fireworks, with any remaining contributions coming from the fundraising efforts within the community.
On July 4th, youngsters, who may one day be saving your life, will be walking Orange Avenue prior to the beginning of the parade as a Red Bucket Brigade (à la the brilliant concept instituted by the Coronado Concerts in the Park), gently soliciting $1.00 donations to defray the cost of the day.
The Cadets will be carrying red buckets and wearing their blue cadet shirts with lime green vests and will be fanning out on Orange Avenue encouraging $1 donations while Parade announcers explain and emphasize the cause. In appreciation of their contributions, the 4th of July Committee will be funding two scholarships for the Cadet Program. The scholarships will be utilized at the 2019 program for select applicants who need assistance to be able to attend the program.
The Junior Lifeguard Program fosters environmental awareness and water safety. CPR training is a part of the program, as are fieldtrips, swimming, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and kayaking. The program is open to both girls and boys between the ages of nine and seventeen.
Please be generous with your donations – you will be contributing to our 4th of July celebration and to the training of youngsters in aspects of water safety.