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Be a superhero: Help children learn to swim and reduce drowning

You can be a superhero for local children; no masks, capes or gadgets required.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting donations large and small for the Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund. The fund helps make swimming lessons affordable for all families, specifically those who meet low-income guidelines.

From 2008 to 2012, 122 drowning deaths were reported in King County; nine of these deaths were of children ages 17 years and younger. Seattle Parks and Recreation believes swimming lessons are vital to changing this statistic. In a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill.

It’s easy to contribute to the swimming lesson scholarship fund. Visit your local swimming pool to use cash, check, or VISA/MasterCard/American Express, or donate online at the Associated Recreation Council’s website at www.arcseattle.org/get-involved/ (select “donate now” and then select “Learn to Swim” from the drop-down menu).

Donors can set up recurring donations online and can designate donations on behalf of or in honor of someone. Donations are 100% tax-deductible, and Seattle Parks staff are happy to provide information to your Employer Matching Gift program. For more information, to donate, or to register for swim lessons please contact your local pool: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp

The City of Seattle offers half-price swimming lessons to low-income children, but this is not enough for many families. The Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the price to the same level offered for other programs such as child care scholarships. Every family still pays a portion of the fee for swimming in our pools, but the reduction makes it an affordable option. Without the reduction the price prevents children from learning this essential skill.

Help Seattle Parks give every child the opportunity to be a strong swimmer. It doesn’t take much to save a life.