By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Hensel Eckman YMCA has teamed up with three Pulaski County elementary schools to provide free swim lessons to second grade students this school year.
“This program is part of my vision for our Y in giving each and every child in the Pulaski community an opportunity to learn how to swim,” said Y Executive Director Allison Hunter. She noted that statistics show a quarter of the nation’s children do not know how to swim, so “this equates to a growing number of deaths due to drowning.”
She called the swim program “a win-win for our community” and said she is “proud to be offering our program now to three of the elementary schools in the area.”
Critzer, Dublin and Pulaski elementary schools are taking part in the free swim lesson program. Dublin joined the program this year.
Hunter said students receive about eight swim lessons during the school year. The lessons are part of the curriculum and are given during the school day. The schools provide transportation to the YMCA, which is on Oakhurst Avenue in Pulaski.
Thanks to a grant from Community Foundation of the New River Valley, students will be provided with free swim caps and goggles, as well.
“A big thank you goes out to the school administrators who worked with the YMCA to make this program happen,” Hunter added.