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IID Board and Dippy Duck present 2019 summer activity grants
Imperial Irrigation District water safety mascot Dippy Duck and the IID Board of Directors presented $16,000 in summer activity grants to eight Imperial Valley communities as part of the district’s water safety campaign during the board’s June 18 meeting.
The funds help make swimming pools and other activities available for children and adults to keep them busy during the hot summer months while supporting Dippy Duck’s message to stay away from canals and waterways.
“We really appreciate your help in keeping our kids and adults away from canals by providing safe activities this summer,” Susie Carrillo, IID marketing communications specialist who heads up the water safety program, told recipients. “We thank you so much.”
In awarding the funds, she praised the success of the water safety program, which started 60 years ago, noting that Dippy Duck, himself, turned 53 this spring.
Since 1959, the district has presented the water safety campaign to children in the Imperial Valley, reinforcing the life-saving message to stay away from canals. Between April 15 and June 10 of this year, IID visited 46 schools and made 140 presentations, spreading the water safety message to approximately 21,000 kindergarten through sixth grade students, reinforcing Dippy’s three main rules:
- Never swim in a canal
- Never ride, walk or play near a canal
- Never jump into a canal
The grants were awarded to the cities of Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Westmorland and the Heber Public Utility District.
IID water safety mascot Dippy Duck and the IID Board of Directors are pictured here with recipients of the 2019 summer water program grants, representing the cities of Brawley, Calipatria, Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Westmorland and the Heber Public Utility District.