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      Josh Project promotes National Pool Safely Pledge Week

      The organization bears the namesake of her son who drowned that year.

      Pool Safely Pledge Week is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC), which has designated The Josh Project as a major partner in the campaign. It asks parents and children to pledge to follow simple safety steps, including making sure kids learn how to swim. The kick-off of Pool Safely Pledge Week was held at Wilson Pool.

      Wanda Butts founded The Joshua Project in 2007. The organization bears the namesake of her son who drowned that year. "It is important to learn how to swim and be safe in and around the water because water is everywhere and access to water has been known to be key as to why our children don't know how to swim," Mrs. Butts said. Workers of the Local 500 and Pipefitter unions donated their time and resources to make $20,000 in repairs to Wilson Pool. The workers are making repairs to the pool at Jamie Farr Park and hope to have the work done in several weeks.

      To learn more about the pledge log, visit their web site. To learn more about The Josh Project, visit their web site.