Josh the Otter rides in parade

Josh the Otter, the spokes…uh, animal…for the Hobe Sound-Port Salerno Rotary Club’s water safety program, hitched a ride for the 25th annual Hobe Sound Christmas parade.
He was accompanied by Rotarians and the RotaKids of local elementary schools, who made sure that their friends and schoolmates got lots of treats thrown to them as they marched along Josh.
Rotarian Blake Collingsworth developed the program to teach young children how to float after losing his own 2 year-old-son to drowning, the number-one cause of death of children under five. The program has been approved by the Martin County Board of Education and is available for presentation to other schools, libraries, day care centers and other organizations.
To schedule a presentation, call Christine Moreno at 772.288.1020. For more information about the program go to www.joshtheotter.