BURRILLVILLE – Burrillville-based artist and safety advocate Jim Weicherding’s popular coloring cartoons for kids recently found a new venue in neighboring Massachusetts.
The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce publishing the series Li’l Skipper & Clam Cakes Water and Boating Safety as part of a Virtual Experiences Education section on their website with a link to the cartoons posted by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
RIDEM Law Enforcement Division officials asked Weicherding to create the character series to help remind kids about the importance of wearing life jackets while boating.
Weicherding also creates the cartoons, which aim to make safety education fun, for the state Governor’s Office on Highway Safety, the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association and the Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Association, along with Rhode Island Safe Kids Coalition, Rhode Island Safe Communities and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Injury-Prevention Division.
“RIDEM reached out and asked (me) to create water and boating safety cartoon characters teaching kids to wear life jackets and be safer when boating,” Weicherding said. “Rhode Island is the Ocean State. Now, the Bay State is getting in on the Li’l Skipper & Clam Cakes Water and Boating Safety Coloring Book for Kids experience, and they started in the most visited part of the state during the summer and early fall months: Cape Cod.”
Readers are invited to print the series, published below, and speak to their kids about boating safety.