Many students in south Orange County do not know how to swim. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-14 in the United States. For each drowning death, it is estimated that at least 1 to 4 children suffer a serious nonfatal submersion event, many of which leave children with permanent disabilities. The Josh the Otter book and program was started by a Rotarian who lost his 2 year old child to drowning. We propose buying 360 packets for the RH Dana and Del Obispo Elementary schools. Packets are $3.95 each. The students, as well as their families, will benefit from this program.
We also propose constructing Buddy Benches for students who need a friend. The idea is a student sits on the bench when they need someone to talk to or need a friend.
(Source: Pediatrics , Vol. 112 No. 2, August 2003, pp. 440-445, Prevention of Drowning in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Ruth A. Brenner, MD, MPH and Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention)
• 1 in 5 parents mistakenly think air-filled water wings can protect their child from drowning. (Source: KidsHealth/The Nemours Foundation, June 2004, Most Kids Who Drowned Were Supervised, Study Finds)
• Young children can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. That means drowning can happen where you'd least expect it - the sink, the toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, pet bowls, birdbaths, wading pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater. (Source: KidsHealth/The Nemours Foundation, June 2004, Most Kids Who Drowned Were Supervised, Study Finds). Most drownings occur in less than 30 feet from help. 90% of drowning deaths occur within 10 yards of safety.