Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary

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Ollie Otter Visits Moss Point Kreole Primary

Written by Veronica Winters. Posted in Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary

Jan 30th, students at Moss Point Kreole Primary received a visit from a very special guest. Ollie Otter, Mississippi’s booster seat and seat belt safety mascot, visited the school to promote the use of booster seats. Ollie's slogan for the students was, "Under 4'9"- it's Booster Time!"  The fully costumed Ollie Otter character encourages children to wear their seat belts and educates them about Mississippi’s booster seat law.

Ollie was joined by several volunteers working to increase booster seat and seat belt usage among Mississippi’s elementary school children. Kay Brodbeck presented the program to MPKP’s students in grades K – 2. Additional volunteers included representatives from the Moss Point Police Department. Moss Point’s Chief of Police, A. McClung and D.A.R.E. Officer D. Wilson were on hand to assist Ollie.

"Our goal is to try to educate children through the Ollie Otter program about Mississippi's child restraint law," said Kay Brodbeck, program presenter. "Hopefully, children will encourage their caregivers, or whoever is driving them around, to make better safety decisions. Ollie needs help from everyone to make a difference to save children's lives on our Mississippi highways. It is up to us all."

The Ollie Otter program communicates that Mississippi state law requires the use of a booster seat until a child is 4-feet-9 inches tall or seven years old. With the help of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and local law enforcement, the children were also taught about "Belts to Bones", and what parts of the body the seat belt should hit when properly buckled up - the collarbone, the sternum, and the hipbone. Volunteers from the crowd were also measured to show the students the height differences between those who need to be in a booster seat and those who don't.

The Ollie Otter program uses educational materials, such as measuring posters, bookmarks, and an interactive Web site, to inform children and their caregivers nationwide about seat belt and booster seat safety.  To sign up as a volunteer, to schedule a visit from Ollie, or to learn more about Mississippi’s booster seat and seat belt safety program, visit www.seatbeltvolunteer.org.

Written by V. Winters