Yosef teaches water safety to local elementary school



Article Published: Nov. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Several local elementary children are now more equipped for water safety, thanks to Yosef and other members of Appalachian State's football team.

Park ranger Chad Eller of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro has been teaching lessons on water safety, and synchronizing each lesson with a different football player, and even coach Jerry Moore.

Eller posted a video on http://www.youtube.com (under the title "Water Safety with Appalachian State") featuring Moore, Armanti Edwards, Coco Hillary and Blake Elder, each speaking on different water safety subjects such as using life preservers, never swimming alone, and not mixing alcohol and boating.

The video also inspired Eller to make a water safety lesson for surrounding elementary schools by creating water safety trading cards for students who answered questions about water safety correctly.

"These cards have been the most popular program we have ever had here at the lake. Kids were going crazy over them. Adults were trying to get them. When you can associate your message, which in our case is water safety, with something kids think is cool, you've really accomplished something," Eller said.

The water safety program was so successful that the nonprofit group Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake sponsored a Yosef poster contest for the same Wilkes County students.

From more than 100 posters, the winners were: Gabrielle Jennings, first- grader, Boomer Ferguson Elementary; Hollie Lynn, second-grader, Wilkesboro Elementary; and Ashley Davis, fifth-grader, Cofax Elementary.

"With close to 1 million people visiting our lake every year, we can't stress
how important water safety is. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (which manages W. Kerr Scott Reservoir ) really appreciates what ASU has done to help us educate children on being safe around the water," said Terry Ramsy, operations manager at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir.
For more information about the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir water safety program, call Eller at (336)-921-3390 or e-mail him at chad.eller@usace.army.mil.

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