BAY to Offer Free Swim Safety Program to Valley Kids

BLOOMSBURG – The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is about to start a free ‘Learn to Swim’ program for children in second grade. The head of the Y, Wayne Stump said the new program is being offered in memory of Kathy Musser, a long time Bloomsburg elementary school teacher.

The program will be free to all second graders in Columbia and Montour County, he says it will include water exercises, training on what to do if you are suddenly in the water, and other swim safety topics. The program combines basic swimming skills with water safety, something Stump says most parents see their children lack the most.

Stump said. “The Musser family came to us with the offer to fund a swim program in honor of, Kathy, a retired second grade teacher who loved to swim, we knew exactly what to do with the donation…The Musser Family generous donation will help us reach even more youth at a critical time in their development.” He says call 570-784-0188 for more information.

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Bloomsburg Area YMCA receives donation to start 2nd Grade swim program

BLOOMSBURG, PA- The Bloomsburg Area YMCA (BAY) is introducing a new, free to all, Learn to Swim program for children in second grade in memory of Kathy Musser, a long time WW Evans Elementary second grade teacher.

BAY CEO Wayne Stump announced this new BAY 2nd Grade Learn to Swim program which will be free to all second-grade students in Columbia and Montour Counties.  The program will feature exercises to help kids adjust to being in the water, instruction in two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water: Jump, Push, Turn, Grab and Swim, Float Swim, safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help. And fun activities that reinforce skills.

“The Y is “America’s swim instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming,” Stump said. “So, when the Musser family came to us with the offer to fund a swim program in honor of Kathy, a retired second grade teacher who loved to swim, we knew exactly what to do with the donation.”

More than 100 years ago, the Y created the concept of group swim lessons and to this day, teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills every year. The 2nd Grade Learn to Swim program combines basic swimming skills with water safety, something Stump says most parents see their children lack the most.  

“Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.,” Stump said. “In fact, nine in 10 parents see swimming as a key life skill for children, on par with first aid skills or being able to prepare a simple meal. The Musser Family generous donation will help us reach even more youth at a critical time in their development.”

The Musser family approached the BAY after receiving material for the current annual campaign. “They asked if we offer swim lessons or provide scholarships for them because the family would like to fund some of the lessons,” Stump said. “When I explained to them that we provide lessons to youth of all ages and would like to start the 2nd Grade program, they seemed to know immediately that it was a perfect fit.”

Stump said the BAY is extremely grateful to the Musser family and honored to run the new program in Kathy’s name. Plans are underway to launch the 2nd Grade Learn to Swim program in 2024.

For more information on the 2nd Grade Learn to Swim program or financial assistance and scholarships for those who qualify, call the BAY at 570-784-0188. 

 

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