WILMINGTON -- It took two years and thousands of miles at sea, but a group of local pre-schoolers has made contact with a couple in Africa by way of a message in a bottle.
In 2008, kids at Cape Fear Community College's Child Development Center wrote a letter about themselves and what they were studying as part of a class project and put it in a bottle. The bottle was dropped in the ocean 80 miles off the coast of Charleston by a student's dad, who was working aboard CFCC's R/V Dan Moore.
Two years later, it washed up on shore in Morocco. Last week, two vacationing teachers from Spain were walking along an African beach when they discovered the children's note. They e-mailed the school to tell the students what they found.
"It's a rare thing, and that's why we're so excited about it," Jason Rogers, a CFCC marine technology instructor said.
Many of the pre-schoolers still go to CFCC, but they're too young to remember creating the project. Still they were excited to hear about their bottle's journey.