2020 Rogers Scholar and Lawrence County High School student Mason Preston announces the opening of a new life jacket loaner station at Yatesville Lake.

Mason received a Life Jacket Loaner Program grant from the nonprofit organization, Sea Tow Foundation, to promote safe boating practices for his Rogers Scholars community service project.

Boaters may borrow the U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets, free of charge, for a day on the water, but they are asked to return them to the loaner station before heading home.

“I’m excited to partner with Sea Tow Foundation to make this project available to boaters in our area,” he said. “This will help ensure boaters of all ages have enough proper-fitting life jackets, which will go a long way toward keeping people safe while they’re enjoying the beautiful waters of Yatesville Lake.”

Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.