Statesman Swim Safe

I found this buried in the city PARD site after seeing a mention of it in a K-EYE story:

Statesman Swim Safe for Austin Kids is a non-profit program addressing the critical need for accessible swimming instruction. Through a partnership of public, private and corporate entities, the Swim-Safe Program works toward a safer community by teaching its youngest citizens the lifesaving skill of swimming. Enrollments is limited and primarily open to east Austin children (kindergarten – 3rd grade) with limited resources. Please contact one of the Recreation Centers listed below to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. The Swim-Safe lessons are provided by resources from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin American Statesman. Registration will be available through participating City of Austin Recreation Centers listed below and the Aquatic Office.

Recreation Center – Lesson Location – Phone Number
Alamo – Bartholomew Pool – 474-2806
Dottie Jordan – Dottie Jordan Pool – 926-3491
Dove Springs – Dove Springs Pool – 444-6136
Givens – Givens Pool – 928-1982
Metz – Metz Pool – 478-8716
Montopolis – Montopolis Pool – 385-5931
Rosewood – Rosewood Pool – 472-6838

If you are interested in donating to the Statesman Swim-Safe for Austin Kids program, please call 512/416-4700, category 7946 for a donation form to be faxed to you.

So there you go. If you live in East Austin and can’t afford swim lessons for your K-3 child, there’s a program this summer to help you out. And if you’ve got some extra cash and deem it a worthy cause, you can help out. Good stuff. The Statesman page for the program is here. I’m not sure if this is the first year the program’s been offered or not.

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