Kids Paint Plane

Pilot and cofounder Ron Cuff (left).
Caitlin Fitch

In collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, the nonprofit SafeLaunch welcomed kids to paint their future dreams on the side of DJ the airplane this past weekend. The traveling, interactive project is called Flights Above Addiction and aims to prevent kids from addiction at an early age through aviation and art. The nonprofit travels to different airports, including six they will visit this year, and works with a number of groups to spread their message. “This is our passion project,” said pilot and cofounder Ron Cuff. “We’re very passionate about saving the lives of kids.” At this weekend’s event, Cuff had the names of individuals who had passed away from addiction as well as their ages printed under the wings of the airplane and held a dedication. To learn more, visit

Caitlin Fitch


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