06 September 2016
Michiana Swims Swimsuit Drive
SEPTEMBER 7 - 21
Bring in a new or gently used children’s swimsuit, and you’ll be helping local kids learn safety and confidence around water through our Michiana Swims Program. This program provides free swimwear, transportation, and swim lessons to second graders who are at a high risk of drowning due to lack of access to resources.
Current members will get a small gift (while supplies last).
New members who bring in a donation will get their joining fee waived.
Other donation needs include towels, kickboards, noodles, and monetary gifts - for every child served, the YMCA of Michiana spends $90. Monetary gifts can be designated to Michiana Swims. Recommended swimsuit sizes are S, M, L or 24-30.
More about Michiana Swims
According to the CDC, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 - 14. Minorities and kids from lower-socioeconomic status households are at a higher risk. So we created Michiana Swims to help ensure all kids in Michiana are safe and confident around water.
Currently we work with local elementary schools to transport second graders to Washington High School's pool once-per-week for eight weeks. We provide everything the children need: swimsuits, goggles, pool noodles, kickboards, transportation, and of course, lessons.
The lessons happen during the school day, and the teachers incorporate what is learned in the pool into larger instructional activities. The benefits of the program expand beyond water activities. Teachers whose students participated in the program have reported higher self-confidence and said that kids focus better when they return to the classroom. It also provides the opportunity for kids to understand the importance of following instructions and working towards a goal.
This program is generously supported through funding from Harvey R. and Doris Klockow Foundation, The Pokagon Fund, and other private donations.