Barnegat Rotary Donates Books to Local Students

Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: Mike Dimino

The Barnegat Rotary Club recently purchased and delivered 275 dictionaries to be distributed to all third grade students in the school district. In addition, the club gave out 250 Josh the Otter swimming safety books to all kindergarten students.

“Over the years, we’ve done similar projects with the schools,” said club President Bill Ridgway. “It’s all part of giving back to the community.”

He said the Josh the Otter books have been a pet project of Rotary International since 2010.

“From the coast of eastern Florida to the shores of Hawaii and the tip of Alaska and Canada, the message of Josh the Otter is spreading quickly,” said Rotary International. “Rotarians across the country and even the world are hearing the life-saving message and are excited at the positive changes that it brings to  communities everywhere. Currently, more than 40 states and several countries such as Pakistan, Brazil, Virgin Island and Canada are pursuing the project within their own clubs. With drowning the leading cause of unintentional death to children all over the world, Rotarians are helping to save thousands of lives.”

“The Barnegat School District is greatly appreciative of the Rotary Club’s recent donations for our students,” said Karen Wood, district superintendent. “The district has a long history of support from our community and it is due to the generosity of our Rotarians and many other community members that we have the ability to provide many programs, supplies and resources to our students.”

The club meets Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at Lefty’s Tavern. For information, call Ridgway at 609-698-2162 or 609-660-0628.  —E.E


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