Roundup for Safety grant to benefit Columbia Falls Swim Team

The Columbia Falls Swim Team will purchase a large canopy or “team tent” with a $2,000 grant from Roundup for Safety. The tent will not only provide protection from sun exposure and heatstroke, but it will also offer a space for families to gather. Team President, Jenni Cheff, says that over 70 swimmers, ages 4-17, comprised the team this year and that they take their team tents to all weekend meets.

“The team tents provide a safe area for swimmers to assemble away from traffic and to rest between races. It also allows family members of all generations to safely encourage and watch the swimmers,” Cheff says, adding: “Team tents are crucial protection from the sun and Montana’s inclement weather during our weekly two-day swim meets around Western Montana. Swim meets continue rain or shine, cold or hot, unless lightning delays occur. We think the Roundup for Safety grant also supports bettering kid’s swimming skills, which is important in our area with so many waterways.”

In addition to the funds awarded to the Columbia Falls Swim Team, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the August 9 meeting to $5,700:

  • Kootenai Valley Christian School – $3,000 for playground material fall protection; and
  • Girls on the Run Flathead Valley – $700 for manikin kit, CPR training and background checks.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit Roundup for Safety.