San Pedro Coast Guardswoman is the Voice of Safety for Kids
2011-03-03 · By Editor
She wasn’t invited to the Oscars or the Golden Globes. She doesn’t have paparazzi following her down the sidewalk. She isn’t an actress, diva or celebrity. But Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mahasin Abdullah’s voice may have a greater impact than any Hollywood starlet when she makes her small screen debut.
“When I grew up, we didn’t have people to educate us on water safety … and a lot of kids drowned or got into trouble,” said Abdullah.
She is lending her voice to a Coast Guard-produced cartoon that hopes to teach kids how to stay safe on the beach, in the water, and on a boat. The hope is that the finished cartoon will find its way into elementary schools across the country, increasing the number of kids wearing lifejackets and taking swimming lessons.
The importance of teaching young children to be safe is not a point lost on Abdullah, as she is a single mother of a 3-year-old girl. “Being in the Coast Guard and knowing the risks, my daughter is already in swim class.”
Abdullah was born to a Marine father in Mission Hills, Calif., but spent much of her childhood in Maryland. She attended college at Salisbury University in Maryland, where she studied mass media communications.
“We did some voice-overs for radio stations in college, and I really enjoyed it,” said Abdullah. “It was kind of a perfect fit for me to try the cartoon.”
The cartoon is called Station Safewater and offers viewers the chance to follow along with elementary schoolers Nikki and Glen as they tour the fictitious Coast Guard small boat station.
“For me to do this, since I have a daughter and lots of nieces and nephews, it makes me feel good to do something to help,” said Abdullah.
For more information about the cartoon and to download the Station Safewater activity book that contains coloring pages and puzzles, click HERE