Safety Around Water

DID YOU KNOW? May is ‘National Water Safety Awareness Month’ and locally the City of Kenosha has named May ‘Lake Michigan Safety Awareness Month’!

The Kenosha Safety Around Water Coalition is celebrating by holding a poster contest for students in grades K-12, and a water safety event with demonstrations and activities on May 11th. The event will take place on the north end of HarborMarket from 10am – 2pm. (Poster winners will also be announced at the event.)


  • Create a poster using the slogan“Drowning is Preventable”.The slogan should appear on the poster.
  • Draw pictures of how you keep yourself safe around water.
  • Each entry must be your ORIGINAL work. (Only the K-2 category may have the slogan printed on the posters with computer generated text.)
  • Only one entry per person may be submitted.
  • Posters for grades K-2 must be submitted on 8.5” x 11” white paper or poster board.  Entries for grades 3 – 12 must be submitted on 11” x 17” white paper or poster board.
  • May use any colors
  • Print your first and last name, grade, school or organization in the lower right-hand corner in a space no larger than 3” x 5”.  Labels can be computer generated.
  • Entries must be submitted to the Safety Around Water Coalition by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 30th.
  • Winners will be announced at the May Safety Around Water event on Saturday, May 11th (Lakefront near 3rd avenue and 54th street)
  • Winning posters will be reproduced and displayed at the Kenosha YMCA, the City of Kenosha, and will appear in the Kenosha News
  • Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each category.
  • The first place winner in each category will also receive 2 Tall Ships Sail Away Tickets (Student and adult guardian), a Life Jacket, and one 8-week session of swimming lessons at the YMCA.

Category (Grades): K-2nd | 3rd-5th | 6th-8th | 9th-12th

Poster Drop off location: Kenosha YMCA 7101 53rd Street, Kenosha, WI  53144 | Attn:  Beth Volbrecht

The mission of the Safety Around Water Coalition is to create a culture of healthy respect and safe enjoyment of water in the Kenosha area through education and advocacy.