Nancy Lowery via Crowdrise
June 28, 2014
BENEFITING: The Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jun 29, 2014
I have chosen the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center Third Grade Swim Program as the organization that I am fund raising for. To understand why I am so passionate about this program, please see my YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcdzfKXjXc8.
With your support, you can make a difference in The Kroc Center’s 2015 Third Grade Swim Program and directly help as many as 1,500 third grade students learn this life-saving skill.
The Third Grade Swim Program has operated in Kootenai County for over 25 years. Before The Kroc Center opened in 2009, a reduced number of schools partnered with the YMCA, local athletic clubs, and rehabilitation facilities. In 2010, 353 students from six schools learned to swim through The Kroc Center's first Third Grade Swim Program. The response grew to over 600 students participating in 2011 and 2012 and 1,000 students are participating this April and May. Even with this incredible response, this is still only 50% of third grade students in Kootenai County.
In groups of up to 75 students, each school able to participate is scheduled for 5 sessions (some schools have opted for 4 sessions to save money), 1 per day for a week, between May 1 and June 8. Students are bused from their school to The Kroc Center for a 45-minute session. Each session begins with a verbal lesson in water safety around rivers and lakes. Students are then divided into groups of five to meet with one of eight instructors, based on their level of experience. Teaching methods involve direct instruction of swimming mechanics and indirect instruction through fun activities.
Around 90% of students have never had a swim lesson prior to Third Grade Swim. A few of arrive “terrified of the water.” Based on years of experience, and using our step-by-step swimming and water safety curriculum, Kroc instructors know how to work with even these children. By the end of the week, they too are splashing around with their classmates and all are wiser on how to be safe around water.
Please help me teach children in Kootenai County the life-saving skill of water safety!
Through The IRONMAN® Foundation's Your Journey, Your Cause program, athletes will have the opportunity to identify a non-profit beneficiary as part of their journey to become an IRONMAN and race for a cause. The IRONMAN Foundation has established a fundraising program that will provide athletes with all of the tools necessary to enable fundraising efforts while supporting the mission of their organization. Athletes can choose any non-profit organization as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts. To sign up for The IRONMAN Foundation's Your Journey, Your Cause program, simply click the "Set Up Your Fundraiser" to begin.