Otter shares lessons on water safety

cmuccigrosso@lakewyliepilot.comApril 15, 2014 

Kindergarteners and preschoolers at Bethel Elementary learned Friday morning about water safety from an otter.

Lake Wylie Rotary Club presented the “Josh the Baby Otter” program, which included providing students with books and a singalong CD, as well as a visit from the otter.

The theme was: “Everyone should learn to float.”

“Josh the Baby Otter” was created to help children remember to stay away from water unless accompanied by an adult, according to the website joshtheotter.org. The program was born from the loss of 2-year-old Joshua Collingsworth. His father wrote a book, distributing thousands of copies to day cares, preschools and kindergarten classrooms across the country.

“We are all so close to the lake that it was just a perfect fit,” said Rotarian Janet Gaglione, who organized the event.

Catherine Muccigrosso •  803-831-8166

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