Oct 26, 2013 8:41 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Kids in Santa Maria paint Cessna airplane to raise awareness about addiction

There are a lot of small, privately owned planes on the Central Coast, but there's one that stands out a little bit more than the rest.

On Saturday, a group of local young artists met up at the Santa Maria Airport to paint a 2000 Cessna 182R.

It's all because of an organization called SafeLaunch. They're trying to raise awareness about addiction through art. They recruited kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria for Saturday's painting. Throughout the day, the group learned about addiction and how to stay drug and alcohol free, then they expressed what they learned by painting about it.

"After we fly it away with the paint on there, and they can see their message fly, we'll wash it off, and then we'll go to another community where we'll invite other people to come do the same thing," said Janet Rowse, the co-founder of SafeLaunch.

The plane is mostly used in the Tri-County area, but SafeLaunch plans to take it to Riverside and Palo Alto before bringing it back to the Central Coast.



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